Spacedepartment bei reART:theURBAN in Zürich, 25.-27.10.

Was können die Künste für die urbane Gesellschaft tun? Wie kann Kunst helfen, Gesellschaft zu verändern? Was sind Modi der Kunstproduktion im urbanen Raum?

Diese und andere Fragen stellt die Konferenz reART:theURBAN vom 25. bis 27.10.2012 in der Gessnerallee Zürich. Im Rahmen der Konferenz moderiert spacedepartment zusammen mit dem Kollektiv zURBS aus Zürich ein Table Talk zum Thema “Social Artistic Methods to Work with the City” am 26.10. 15Uhr.

“Spacedepartment (Hamburg) and zURBS (Zurich) are two urban collectives who criticize the standardized approach to urban planning and city development. While zURBS choosed to label their work as social-artistic, Spacedepartment questions whether this label is not too restrictive. However they share their inclusive focus on doing stuff ‘with’ the city as a whole, and not with one focus group in particular. Spacedepartment rather puts emphasis on directly shaping the physical city while zURBS concentrates a bit more on the social, sensuous and imaginary aspects of space. Therefore they would like to investigate the following questions: what do we mean with a social-artistic method and how is it related to actual changes in the city? Can social-artistic methods change the physical city (or not)? Can they bridge the physical city and the urban-lifeworld? Does it empower urban dwellers to participate in the city or is it rather a play field for the happy few? Drawing on their own examples Spacedepartment (“Frappant”) and zURBS (“Züri West Nochmals Anders?” and “Schatzsuche”) will make some statements to open the table discussion.”




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