Under Construction: Dialogues on Transformation

Transcript: Barbara Hauss
Editing: John Palmesino, Martin Josephy, Christina Végh
Type and Typesetting: The Remingtons, contact@theremingtons.ch
First edition, 8 March 2004
Under Construction is a project collaboration between ETH Studio Basel and Kunsthalle Basel.
Curated by Adam Szymczyk, Christina Végh, Martin Josephy, John Palmesino

“Under Construction” is a multidisciplinary project that addresses transformation and conceptualizations of change in contemporary society. A series of international thinkers and practitioners from different disciplines and intellectual backgrounds will test ideas drawn from their practical experience and from the observation of the contemporary cultural terrain.
The dialogues will take place at the Kunsthalle Basel during the renovation works and will mark the material and institutional renovation of the Kunsthalle and the establishment of Studio Basel as a Research Institute of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic (ETH Zurich).

Dissolution of the relation between vision and place:
- Sarat Maharaj (UK/visual arts)
- Armin Linke (Italy/photography)

Activation of the public sphere:
- Cesare Pietroiusti (Italy/arts)
- Lorenzo Romito (Italy/arts/urbanism)

Contemporary urban warfare and political architecture:
- Eyal Weizman (Israel/architecture)
- Daniel Jewesbury (Northern Ireland/literature)

Managing knowledge overload in architecture:
- Stefano Boeri, domus (Italy/urbanism)

Impact of new media on daily life interaction individual-institutions:
- Armin Medosch (Austria/information technology)

Cultural distances and processes of engagement:
- Yto Barrada (France/Morocco/visual arts)
- John Lonsdale (UK/The Netherlands/urbanism)


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