camp _a guide to 21st-century space

Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space

by Charlie Hailey
MIT Press, 2009
536 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 inches
ISBN: 978 0 262 51287 9

“What is a camp? The ubiquity and diversity of camps calls for a guidebook. This is what Hailey offers, but it is no ordinary one. Not only does he establish a typology of camps, but he also embeds within his narrative a key to camp ideology. Thus we see how camp spaces are informed by politics and transform the ways we think about and make built environments. Hailey describes camps of diverse regions, purposes, and forms, and navigates the inherent paradoxes of zones that are neither temporary nor permanent: camps of choice, including summer camps, protest camps, drift camps (research stations on Arctic ice floes), and LTVA (Long-Term Visitor Area) Camps; strategic camps regulated by power—boot camps, GTMO (the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay), immigrant camps, and others;—and transient spaces of relief and assistance, among them refugee camps, FEMA City, work camps, and Gypsy camps. Today camps are at the center of emerging questions of identity, residency, safety, and mobility. Camp spaces register the struggles, emergencies, and possibilities of global existence as no other space does.” MIT press

[an interview with the author]


Cultures of the Curatorial

Cultures of the Curatorial _Conference

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

January 22 – 24, 2010

The conference „Cultures of the Curatorial“ aims at positioning the Curatorial – a practice which goes decisively beyond the making of exhibitions – within a transdisciplinary and transcultural context and exploring it as a genuine method of generating, mediating and reflecting experience and knowledge. It thus takes into account the current  economic, social and political developments within the cultural field under the conditions of globalization,  neo-liberalism and postfordism. […] The conference pursues these various current practices and formats of the curatorial and their societal perspectives. It integrates different artistic and academic disciplines and professions, – visual arts, dance, theater, film and music – which touch, intersect, complement but also compete with one another. Additionally it focuses on the similarities, differences and reciprocities of socially, economically, ethnically, regionally or nationally defined curatorial cultures and inquires about the respective conditions. The aim is to mark the field within which the actual societal relevance of the curatorial as a form of experience, cognition and knowledge emerges with its aesthetic, social and political perspectives.

Guests: Daniel Birnbaum, Gabriele Brandtstetter, Liam Gillick, Hannah Hurtzig, Maria Lind, Marion von Osten, Raqs Media Collective, Dorothee Richter, Irit Rogoff, Barbara Steiner, Nora Sternfeld, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Tirdad Zolghadr.

Concept: Beatrice von Bismarck, Jörn Schafaff, Thomas Weski.

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raven row _harun farocki

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_exhibition Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom?

19 November 2009 – 7 February 2010

Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

In Comparison
Harun Farocki, Germany, 2009, 61m; 16mm, color, sound

“Bricks are the resonating fundamentals of society. Bricks are layers of clay that sound, like records, just simply too thick. Like records they appear in series, but every brick is slightly different—not just another brick in the wall. Bricks create spaces, organize social relations and store knowledge on social structures. They resonate in a way that tells us if they are good enough or not. Bricks form the fundamental sound of our societies, but we haven’t learned to listen to them. Through different traditions of brick production Farocki’s film makes our eyes and ears consider them in comparison—and not in competition, not as clash of cultures. Farocki shows us various brick production sites in their colours, movements and sounds. Brick burning, brick carrying, brick laying, bricks on bricks, no voice off-commentary. Twenty intertitles in 60 minutes tell us something about the temporality of working processes. The film shows us that certain production modes require their own duration and that cultures differentiate around the time of the brick.”

BIArch _the new architecture institute of barcelona

We congratulate the new born Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch)

Wish you a happy life!



BIArch is an international institution set up to further interaction between academic research, specialized practice and the cultural dissemination of contemporary architecture. Occupying a space midway between schools of architecture and professional praxis, BIArch is an open laboratory for professionals and researchers that aims to promote new ways of thinking and acting for a technological, energy and economic reality in permanent flux.

The academic core of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture as a postgraduate institute is its MBIArch master’s degree programme. The MBIArch experience aims to cover advanced theory-based research after architecture studies as well as exploring the body of disciplinary and technical knowledge required to direct professional practice.