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UNEVEN GEOGRAPHIES

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UCL, DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY

Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Gower Street (map)

24 January, 2009, 3:30-8:00

Lines of Wall

EVEN AS GLOBALISATION represents a space of increased mobility, it has
engendered transnational forms of economic, social and political
inequality. For Rosalyn Deutsche such "uneven geographies" have meant
disenfranchisement and dispossession; for Mike Davis they predict a
"planet of slums." Cities and nations have created formidable borders
and spaces of enclosure, maintained through heightened networks of
security, ever threatened by "terrorism" (a notoriously unstable term).
This workshop will consider how artists and architects have translated
these divisions into new representational strategies of analysis, as
well as invented new methods to negotiate these trends and creatively
challenge their negative effects. We will also address Israel's ongoing
bombing and ground invasion of Gaza, in addition to the role of
humanitarianism, nongovernmental agencies, and divisive media ecologies
in relation to this and other geopolitical conflicts.

Uneven Geographies is organized in association with Goldsmiths’ Department of Research Architecture, directed by Eyal Weizman.

Admission: this event is free and open to all.

Participants   

YATES MCKEE (New York)

Yates McKee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History, Columbia University. An alumus of the Whitney Museum Independent Program and frequent participant at 16 Beaver Group, his writing has appeared in venues including Grey Room, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Parkett, and October. He is an associate editor of Nongovernmental Politics (Zone, 2007), and coeditor, with Meg McLagan, of The Visual Cultures of Nongovernmenal Politics (Zones, forthcoming). He is at work on a genealogy of sustainability in ecological art, design, and activism since the 1970s, as well as a study of the post-secular in contemporary art, with special reference to the 'profane illuminations' of Paul Chan.

MP3 recording of Yates McKee's presentation

JOHN PALMESINO (Basel)

  John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist. He is co-founder of PALMESINO RÖNNSKOG Territorial Agency, a practice involved in the management of international innovative transformations of the contemporary inhabited landscape and its architecture.
Territorial Agency has developed the Markermeer Plan, an integrated vision for the future of the Markermeer, in the Netherlands. After the 'Unfinishable Markermeer' plan developed in 2005, the Markermeer Plan addresses a number of environmental, architectural, planning, and policy issues in a collaborative environment with a team of interdisciplinary experts.
 Palmesino leads the research programme of ETH Studio Basel–Contemporary City Institute and is a founding member of Multiplicity, a research network dealing with contemporary architecture, urbanism, arts and general culture.
He is currently researching the implications of neutrality in the relation to polities and territorial and architectural transformations.

MP3 recording of Johan Palmesino's presentation (part 1, part 2)

ALESSANDRO PETTI (Bethlehem)

  Alessandro Petti is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, UCL, and is based in London and Bethlehem. He has co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition, including Borderdevices, Uncertain States of Europe, and Stateless Nation, and his work has been presented in various biennales and museum exhibitions. He has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Archipelagos and Enclaves, Bruno Mondadori 2007), and is currently working on a research project entitle Atlas of Decolonization, an architectural documentation on the re-use, re-inhabitation and subversion of colonial structures, including those in Israel’s Occupied Territories.

MP3 recording of Alessandro Petti's presentation

ADANIA SHIBLI (Ramallah and London)

  Born in Palestine in 1974, Adania Shibli has been publishing regularly in literary magazines in the Arab world and in Europe. Her first novel, Masas, was published in Arabic in 2002 (Adab Publishing House, Beirut, Aces-Sud Publishing House, France). Her second novel, We are all Equally Far From Love, was also published by Al Adab. Shibli has twice been given the Young Writers' Award, Palestine, by the A.M. Qattan Foundation. Her writing has been translated into many languages, with English translations of her stories appearing in the anthology Qissat, and in the magazines Words Without Borders, Documenta (where "Out of Time" originally appeared), and Banipal. She contributed an essay to a book on Palestinian artist Emily Jacir. Shibli is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of East London, where she is researching media coverage of the 'War on Terror'.

MP3 recording of Adania Shibli's presentation

EYAL SIVAN (London)

  Eyal Sivan is Reader in Media Production at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London. He is a filmmaker, producer and essayist, born in Haifa, Israel. After working as a professional photographer in Tel-Aviv, he left Israel and settled in Paris in 1985. Sivan has directed more than ten feature-length documentaries about political issues and produced many others, which have been shown widely at international film festivals and art exhibitions, and have won numerous international awards, including the Cinéma du Réel Price at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for his first film Aqabat Jaber, Passing Through about displaced Palestinian populations; and the Adolf Grimm Gold price in Germany for his work about the Eichmann case, The Specialist. Sivan is currently director of the film production company Momento! and the film distribution company Scalpel in France, and is member of the editorial board of La Fabrique (Paris).

MP3 recording of Eyal Sivan and Eyal Weizman's presentation

SRDJAN WEISS (Philadelphia)

  Srdjan Jovanović Weiss is an architect and founder of Normal Architecture Office as well as a founding member of the School of Missing Studies. His books include Almost Architecture, which explores architecture vis-à-vis emerging democratic processes, and Lost Highway Expedition Photobook, which examines rapid urbanization of Europe's South East. Weiss is currently preparing a book on architecture of Balkanization. He recently collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron architects in Basel and was selected by them as one of 100 architects to design a villa in the new city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, master-planned by Ai Weiwei. Weiss has presented his work in museums and universities internationally. He lectures at Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University and is currently based in Philadelphia (see: www.thenao.net).

MP3 recording of Srdjan Weiss' presentation

EYAL WEIZMAN (London)

  Eyal Weizman is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and has worked with a variety of NGOs and human right groups in Israel-Palestine. After graduating from the Architectural Association (AA) in London, he worked with Zvi Hecker in Berlin. He is now in private practice in partnership with Rafi Segal. Their projects have included rebuilding the Ashdod Museum of Art and the exhibition and publication A Civilian Occupation. Weizman conducted research and a mapmaking project for the human rights organization B'Tselem on violations of human rights through architecture and planning in the West Bank. His books published include Yellow Rhythms (010Publishers Rotterdam, 2000), three co-edited catalogues for the exhibition Territories (2003-2004), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), and Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation (Verso, 2007). Weizman is an editor-at-large of Cabinet magazine, and received the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-7.

MP3 recording of Eyal Sivan and Eyal Weizman's presentation

Discussion will be moderated by organizer, TJ DEMOS.

MP3 recording of roundtable discussion

*Image: Lines of the Wall, Israel (Courtesy: Eyal Weizman; for further details, see link)

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