Building Dissensus. What material space does it take that social space can happen?
19th of October
18.00 NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor

In the context of radical democracy, social space can be understood as always necessarily (but not only) conflictual, that is: as political space. So, if we understand architecture as the organization of space  how can we then describe the architectural dimensions of politics? And what material forms does social space take? These questions are best placed in the field of (radical) curating and vis-a-vis the respective exhibition spaces.

In my lecture I will present three of my projects in the field of exhibition architecture – their intentions as well as their successful and failing strategies. With the large-scale (and to some degree, interestingly “mainstream”) exhibition The 70ies. Then there was Future we will discuss spatial (and special) challenges of the post-representational curatorial approach of trafo.K – a Vienna based office for art, education and critical knowledge production. Behind this background we will investigate the potential of other (“third”) spaces stimulating open debate within exhibition spaces. As to the exhibition task of displaying objects and documents from Viennese architecture and urban planning´s involvement in National Socialism, I will lay out aspects of strategies of queering and appropriation, opening up sensory and discursive spaces of conflict and dispute.

Gabu Heindl
Gabu Heindl is an architect and urbanist in Vienna operating at the intersection of architecture, research, art and urban planning. Her studio GABU Heindl Architektur specializes in architectural concepts and realizations of public interventions, cultural or social buildings and urban planning. Her projects have been awarded and exhibited internationally. Gabu Heindl’s work and writing especially relate to the politics of remembrance in public space, to the history and politics of (counter-)hegemonic urbanism and solidarity as planning parameter. She is organizer and curator of exhibitions, lectures and symposia, e.g. in her capacity as chair of the Austrian Society for Architecture in Vienna. Heindl teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is the author or (co-)editor of numerous publications in books and journals such as “Arbeit Zeit Raum. Bilder und Bauten der Arbeit im Postfordismus (2008), “Just Architecture”, ERA21 (1.2012), or position alltag – architecture in the context of everyday life (HDA 2009)