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See detailL’incubo della partecipazione
Miessen, Markus UL; Latronico, Vincenzo

Book published by Archive Books (2014)

Italian Translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in ... [more ▼]

Italian Translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in the final part of his paradigm-changing trilogy. Supported by a nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. Miessen argues for an urgent inversion of participation, reflecting cogently on the limits and traps of its real motivations. He dreads breeding the next generation of facilitators and mediators, insisting on conflict as an enabling, instead of disabling, force. With refreshing candor, this internationally known architect and professor outlines a format for acting as uninvited irritant, forcing entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, Miessen writes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs! [less ▲]

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See detailMARK VON SCHLEGELL Ickles, Etc.
Miessen, Markus UL; Hirsch, Nikolaus

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

It’s the late twenty-first century. Technological, environmental, and social catastrophes have changed the meanings of culture, nature, and landscape forever. But in what remains of the international ... [more ▼]

It’s the late twenty-first century. Technological, environmental, and social catastrophes have changed the meanings of culture, nature, and landscape forever. But in what remains of the international urban scene, architecture still refuses to admit it hasn’t been modern since the early twentieth century. Enter Ickles, Etc. Helming Los Angeles’s most misunderstood info-architecture practice is Henries Ickles, “the man without self-concept.” Time and again Ickles offers practical solutions to the most impenetrable theoretical entanglements of art, architecture, and science in the 2090s. In the fifth book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, Mark von Schlegell’s fusion of theory and fiction puts the SF back in notions of “speculative aesthetics.” A collection of interconnected comical sci-fi stories written for various exhibitions, Ickles, Etc. explores the future of architectural practice in light of developments in climatology, quasicrystalography, hyper-contemporary art, time travel, and the EGONET. Occupying New Los Angeles, visiting the Danish Expansion, Nieuw Nieuw Amsterdam, and 1970s St. Louis, the practice finds selves embroiled in very spicy mustards indeed, redefining info- architecture and jettisoning the burdensome “self-concept” of the Western tradition in the process. Just don’t expect a visit to the ruins of Disney Hall! [less ▲]

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See detailKELLER EASTERLING Subtraction
Miessen, Markus UL; Hirsch, Nikolaus

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

Unbuilding is the other half of building. Buildings, treated as currency, rapidly inflate and deflate in volatile financial markets. Cities expand and shrink; whether through the violence of planning ... [more ▼]

Unbuilding is the other half of building. Buildings, treated as currency, rapidly inflate and deflate in volatile financial markets. Cities expand and shrink; whether through the violence of planning utopias or war, they are also targets of urbicide. Repeatable spatial products quickly make new construction obsolete; the powerful bulldoze the disenfranchised; buildings can radiate negative real estate values and cause their surroundings to topple to the ground. Demolition has even become a spectacular entertainment. Keller Easterling’s volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series analyzes the urgency of building subtraction. Often treated as failure or loss, subtraction—when accepted as part of an exchange—can be growth. All over the world, sprawl and overdevelopment have attracted distended or failed markets and exhausted special landscapes. However, in failure, buildings can create their own alternative markets of durable spatial variables that can be managed and traded by citizens and cities rather than the global financial industry. These ebbs and flows—the appearance and disappearance of building—can be designed. Architects—trained to make the building machine lurch forward—may know something about how to put it into reverse. [less ▲]

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See detailBEATRIZ COLOMINA Manifesto Architecture The Ghost of Mies
Miessen, Markus UL; Hirsch, Nikolaus

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

The history of the avant-garde (in art, architecture, literature) can’t be separated from the history of its engagement with mass media. It is not just that the avant-garde used media to publicize its ... [more ▼]

The history of the avant-garde (in art, architecture, literature) can’t be separated from the history of its engagement with mass media. It is not just that the avant-garde used media to publicize its work; the work did not exist before its publication. In architecture, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe came to be known through their influential writings and manifestos published in newspapers, journals, and little magazines. Entire groups, from Dada and Surrealism to De Stijl, became an effect of their manifestos. The manifesto was the site of self invention, innovation, and debate. Even buildings themselves could be manifestos. The most extreme and radical designs in the history of modern architecture were realized as pavilions in temporary exhibition. In the third book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, Beatriz Colomina traces the history of the modern architecture manifesto, with particular focus on Mies van der Rohe, and the play between the written and built work. This essay propels the manifesto form into the future, into an age where electronic media are the primary sites of debate, suggesting that new forms of manifesto are surely emerging along with new kinds of authorship, statement, exhibition, and debate. [less ▲]

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See detailI See a Face. Do You See a Face
Haliti, Flaka Haliti; Rüdiger, Barbara Rüdiger; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (2014)

Flaka Haliti. I see a Face. Do you see a Face. Flaka Haliti, winner of the Henkel Art.Award 2013 takes an analytic approach to society and media in her work, and refers in particular to her own ... [more ▼]

Flaka Haliti. I see a Face. Do you see a Face. Flaka Haliti, winner of the Henkel Art.Award 2013 takes an analytic approach to society and media in her work, and refers in particular to her own experiences as an interloper between different countries andcultures. The artist, who was born 1982, lives and works in her homecity of Prishtina and also in Munich and Vienna. By contrasting an installation of imitated concrete walls with a photo series of cloud motifs including computer drawn faces, Haliti constructs a spatial scenario that is both menacingly narrow and constricted and that also seems to offer an open a broad perspective. A further work looks at interpersonal relationship between proximity and distance under the condition of the media world, in a video installation about long-distance realtionships in the internet. The exhibition titel "I see a Face. Do you see a Face." is taken from the photo series with cloud motifs and poses a question that is formulated so that it can also be taken as a statement of fact, In this deliberate dissolution of all clear parameters and ascription. Flaka Haliti emphasizes her interest in initiating games between reality and fiction, and imaginary proximitiy and spatial distance. [less ▲]

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See detailHubs And Fictions. On Current Art And Imported Remoteness
Yadong Hao, Sophia; Schmitz, Edgar; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

Hubs and Fictions, originally a touring forum, invited international curators, writers, and producers to probe how fiction plays out in a globally distributed art-world ecology, and how infrastructures ... [more ▼]

Hubs and Fictions, originally a touring forum, invited international curators, writers, and producers to probe how fiction plays out in a globally distributed art-world ecology, and how infrastructures are invented against its background. In 2012, the forum was staged sequentially at Cooper Gallery (Dundee), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), Goldsmiths University of London, and operated as a satellite event to Edgar Schmitz's exhibition “Surplus Cameo Decor,” curated by Sophia Yadong Hao at Cooper Gallery. The book functions as a deliberately discontinuous reader; it juxtaposes documents, negotiations, and reflections from and on these conversations. The publication also includes a preface by Andrea Phillips, a new image sequence by Schmitz, and a suite of reflexive annotations exchanged between Hao and Schmitz. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Trees For The Wood The Wood For The Trees
Bertschi, Denise; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by HEAD - Genève (2014)

Publication with a series of photographs taken in the Korean DMZ «Facing the impossibility of capturing the visual in a geography that is not only highly controlled, but exposed and condemned to a ... [more ▼]

Publication with a series of photographs taken in the Korean DMZ «Facing the impossibility of capturing the visual in a geography that is not only highly controlled, but exposed and condemned to a superimposed vista, an altered and forcefully prescribed act-of-seeing, a tarnished layer of the subjective ability to visualize, the work of Denise Bertschi rediscovers the immediate. Observing her work of a landscape that does not quite make sense, one slowly realizes that military intervention in this landscape of exception is not always clearly decipherable for what it is. Moreover, the very moment of realization of the single object or artifact in fact complicates the seemingly simple and straightforward unpacking of such mono-programmed geography – to the extent that the border-zone cannot only be understood as a territory of exception, but a man-made construct of absurdity that choreographs and overboosts staged realities of the cliché.» (Markus Miessen) [less ▲]

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See detail(IN)FORMAL L.A. The Space of Politics
Jones, Victor; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by eVolo (2014)

Often portrayed as a confluence of cars and movies, this book traces another course to uncover Los Angeles' primal sources of creation - land and opportunity. Within the endless sprawl there reside ... [more ▼]

Often portrayed as a confluence of cars and movies, this book traces another course to uncover Los Angeles' primal sources of creation - land and opportunity. Within the endless sprawl there reside flurries of uncodified spatial configurations that no high-definition map or satellite image can accurately capture nor present. (IN)formal LA explores a range of unique spatial practices and pedagogies through the lens of politics in Los Angeles. While this book articulates growing skepticism in current design discourse and education, it also provides a spatial awareness that is culturally rooted, socially responsive and vitally connected to the city. Composed of essays, photos, projects and interviews, (IN)formal LA embraces the quirky, celebrates the wide and embellishes the close range to expose the complex social organizations within this contemporary urban network. (IN)formal LA serves as both a textbook for classes in art and architecture, urban design, planning and theory in addition to responding to the increasing interest in the study of Los Angeles by scholars in other fields. The book provides an extended overview of the range and variety of urban issues that are critical to understanding present-day Los Angeles. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Future Is Not What It Used To Be. 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
Ryan, Zoë; Carruthers, Meredith; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Hatje Cantz (2014)

The type of work that designers are tackling has grown exponentially—from the design of our buildings, streets, education, food, and health care to the design of our communications, political, and ... [more ▼]

The type of work that designers are tackling has grown exponentially—from the design of our buildings, streets, education, food, and health care to the design of our communications, political, and economic systems and networks. Throughout history, manifestos have functioned as statements of purpose, stimulating an exchange of ideas. In a contemporary context, curators Zoë Ryan and Meredith Carruthers use the Biennial as a forum for posing questions and generating dialogue. How can we reconsider the manifesto, harnessing its power to frame pertinent ideas while exploring the new forms it might take? This richly illustrated volume presents more than fifty international projects by designers working across disciplines as well as essays by leading thinkers in design. The projects and thoughts are open to interpretation but have the potential to instigate new modes of thought and outcomes, encouraging us all to pause and think about the future. [less ▲]

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See detailToo Much World
Aikens, Nick; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings ... [more ▼]

Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings offer an astute, provocative, and often funny analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and data are reconfigured, altered, and dispersed, many times over, accelerating into infinity or crashing into oblivion. Published to accompany the artist’s survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Too Much World gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl’s films from the past ten years. Newly commissioned texts by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Nick Aikens, alongside writings by Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, David Riff, and Steyerl, are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images. [less ▲]

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See detailLeben, Stadt, Kunst – Potentiale im Alltag
Folkerts, Thilo; Knobloch, Andrea; Vorkoeper, Ute et al

Book published by Common – Journal für Kunst & Öffentlichkeit (2014)

Leben, Stadt, Kunst – Potentiale im Alltag« versammelt als Jahresausgabe 2014 des Onlinejournals »Common – Journal für Kunst & Öffentlichkeit« Beiträge aus verschiedenen disziplinären Blickwinkeln zu ... [more ▼]

Leben, Stadt, Kunst – Potentiale im Alltag« versammelt als Jahresausgabe 2014 des Onlinejournals »Common – Journal für Kunst & Öffentlichkeit« Beiträge aus verschiedenen disziplinären Blickwinkeln zu künstlerischen Verfahren in Sphären des Öffentlichen. Im Zentrum der vorgestellten Konzepte und Projekte steht die alltägliche Erfahrung der Stadt, der gelebte Raum. [less ▲]

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See detailPromiscuous Encounters
Díaz, Francisco; Kolowratnik, Nina Valerie; López- Dinardi, Marcelo et al

Book published by GSAPP Books (2014)

Promiscuous Encounters, a day-long event organized by Francisco Díaz, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, Marcelo López-Dinardi, and Marina Otero Verzier and held at the GSAPP in March 2012, examined the interplay ... [more ▼]

Promiscuous Encounters, a day-long event organized by Francisco Díaz, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, Marcelo López-Dinardi, and Marina Otero Verzier and held at the GSAPP in March 2012, examined the interplay between the critical, curatorial, and conceptual capacities of architecture by asking a diverse group of theorists and practitioners to discuss their modes of promiscuous practice. Challenging the way in which a symposium is commonly recorded, for the discussion between Keller Easterling, Andrés Jaque, Reinhold Martin, Mitch McEwen, Markus Miessen, Felicity D. Scott, Pelin Tan, Rodrigo Tisi, and Mark Wasiuta, neither audio nor video recordings were made. [less ▲]

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See detailTerms of Exhibiting (from A to Z)
Reichensperger, Petra; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Sternberg Press (2014)

This publication explores themes of the exhibition through its terms—not, however, to confine into isolated conceptual categories, but to interconnect. These terms characterize exhibiting and emphasize a ... [more ▼]

This publication explores themes of the exhibition through its terms—not, however, to confine into isolated conceptual categories, but to interconnect. These terms characterize exhibiting and emphasize a “between-ness.” Examining a term lays bare its ruptures, shifts, or recreations, as well as social, societal, and cultural changes that have the power to structure through historical conjecture. Almost fifty terms relevant to the making and discussion of exhibitions today have been compiled in Terms of Exhibiting (from A to Z), contributed by Liam Gillick, Manfred Hermes, Wojciech Kosma, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Vogt, Jochen Volz, and June Yap, among others. Six essays investigate key terms raised by the three-part exhibition series “Terms of Exhibiting, Producing, and Performing” at Kunsthaus Dresden in 2012. Jan Verwoert reflects on the division of labor in artistic production, while Anke te Heesen presents a survey of the museum, collection, and exhibition. Markus Miessen discusses the advantages of curating institutions and inventing structures rather than merely implementing or appropriating them. The book also includes essays by Kirsten Maar, Ursula Panhans-Bühler, and Lee Weng-Choy. Each of the twelve conversations with various artists places one term under scrutiny within the context of their own artistic interests and practices—with reference to the term presence, Daniel Knorr explains the significance of materialization for his own creative process, while Brian O’Doherty discusses invention in relation to his practice. Each term generates further insight and reflection into each individual art practice. [less ▲]

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See detailJudgement
Colman, Scott; Witte, Ron; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Rice (2014)

This book illuminates a set of exchanges among architects, critics and art historians including Sarah Whiting, Hal Foster, Neil Denari, Ben van Berkel, Markus Miessen, Jeffrey Kipnis, Sylvia Lavin, R. E ... [more ▼]

This book illuminates a set of exchanges among architects, critics and art historians including Sarah Whiting, Hal Foster, Neil Denari, Ben van Berkel, Markus Miessen, Jeffrey Kipnis, Sylvia Lavin, R. E. Somol, and Brett Steele. First and foremost, Judgment is a conversation about architecture’s partisanships, the indispensable and biased engagements that catalyze architecture’s progress. Judgment is the result of a series of conversations that took place, and continue to take place, at the Rice School of Architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailDavid Hartt: Belvedere
Hartt, David; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Golden Age (2014)

Golden Age is pleased to present Belvedere, a solo exhibition and publication from Chicago-based artist David Hartt. Belvedere is a continuation of Hartt’s investigation of vernacular utopias – those ... [more ▼]

Golden Age is pleased to present Belvedere, a solo exhibition and publication from Chicago-based artist David Hartt. Belvedere is a continuation of Hartt’s investigation of vernacular utopias – those places where the ideal has been forced to morph and adjust to the reality of the surrounding imperfect world. It consists of formally austere photographs taken at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. Hartt’s subjects cover a broad ideological spectrum that highlight the range and potential of the American experience. The work in Belvedere focuses on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, originators of the Overton window, a policy framing device used to adjust public opinion on a particular subject by positing radical viewpoints and thereby shifting the frame of reference closer to an intended outcome. Belvedere, the accordant publication, consists of additional images from Hartt’s visit to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy along with an essay by curator Hamza Walker on “pulling back the frame.” The publication is designed by James Goggin; Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. [less ▲]

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See detailDer Heldengedenktag in der Wehrmacht
Janz, Nina UL

Bachelor/master dissertation (2013)

This study attempts to clarify how Heroes' Memorial Day was adapted against the background of the National Socialist concept, what means the Wehrmacht used, how the celebrations were held, what symbols ... [more ▼]

This study attempts to clarify how Heroes' Memorial Day was adapted against the background of the National Socialist concept, what means the Wehrmacht used, how the celebrations were held, what symbols and what rituals were used. Particular attention is paid to the celebrations among the troops in peace and in war. [less ▲]

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See detailDes reliques et des hommes : pratiques et discours à l’époque moderne
Weis, Monique UL; Peperstraete, Sylvie

Speeches/Talks (2013)

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See detailHumanities in a Digital Age: Using Digital Tools for Research and Teaching
Takats, Sean UL

Scientific Conference (2013, October 25)

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