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PANEL DISCUSSION | OUR HAUS
SUNDAY, JUL 08 2012, 04:00 PM
// PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIME FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED: IT NOW BEGINS AT 4PM //
WochenKlausur Features, New York (USA), a project by Vienna-based group WochenKlausur, who are part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's tenth anniversary exhibition, OUR HAUS, focuses on contemporary positions and practices on the topic of housing and public space.
For the duration of the exhibition (which runs through August 26), nine New York-based organizations, associations, interest groups, and activists who deal with issues of housing and the urban built environment were chosen to use the ACFNY Gallery space for one week each. From July 2 to July 8, DSGN AGNC will be the WochenKlausur "NPO-in-residence" at the ACFNY.
The panelists in MEDIA AS TACTIC: from print to practice will discuss how different groups and organizations are using media as a tactic to advocate for change in the city, broaden the voices that are heard, and to apply pressure on official institutions. This is of particular interest as more media sources become available and the question turns from how we get information to what we, as a society, can do with it. Can media gain relevancy by creating opportunities for activism in both digital and physical space?
Moderator: Michael Sorkin
Michael Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. For ten years he was the architectural critic of the Village Voice and is currently contributing editor for Architectural Record. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Giving Ground (edited with Joan Copjec), Wiggle, Local Code, Some Assembly Required, The Next Jerusalem, After the World Trade Center (edited with Sharon Zukin), Starting from Zero, Against the Wall, and Indefensible Space. Forthcoming are Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, Eutopia, All Over the Map, and Project New Orleans. Sorkin is also President of Terreform, a non-profit organisation engaged in urban research and advocacy and President of The Institute for Urban Design.
Critical Activism Zine Launch and Reception
07.08.12 || 05:30 PM
ACFNY 11th Floor
Following the panel discussion DSGN AGNC will have a reception and draft previews of a Zine on Critical Activism we will be working on during the artist residency at the Austrian Cultural Forum. The Zine will document and expand on the Critical and Activist practice: A Discussion and MEDIA AS TACTIC: from print to practice.
DSGN AGNC (design agency) is a research and design collaborative. They offer the concept of critical activism as an operational platform which posits that that folding activism into the discourse of critical spatial and design practice opens up new possibilities to rethink the structure and scope of the design process. Critical activism also postulates that no product is ever final - designs, buildings, landscapes and urban systems demand broad and holistic community-based processes that can change over time with both constants and variables.