Conversation Piece: Glitter and bricks with Oliver Elser, architecture curator

How is the engagement with socio-political functions, such as enforcement, resistance, or procrastination, changing the analysis of architecture? In many respects, protest camps are attempts to place coexistence on a new basis of solidarity and self-empowerment. What triggers the involvement with architecture as protest, and what influence can temporarily constructed utopias have on established building methods? We speak with the architecture curator about his interest in the topic of the spatial design of rebellion. How is work on such an exhibition changing, and to what extent is protest architecture also about architectural protest?
Tue, 9.4.2024 7 pm8 pm
MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
In the context of the exhibition PROTEST/ARCHITECTURE: Barricades, Camps, Superglue.

We need to talk! In the art education format Conversation Pieces we will speak with artists, activists, scientists, and personalities from various fields about select objects from the MAK Collection. Conversation Pieces is dedicated to themes like diversity, feminism, participation or loneliness, symbiotic bodies, racism in collections, planet care, and much more. We use the MAK as a polyphonic place for the exchange of ideas and to engage in various sociopolitical discourses and problems that enable new perspectives on an extraordinary collection. Conversation Pieces can be understood as an impetus to make widespread pictorial worlds and narratives visible and to critically question them by talking about them together.

In addition to the event fee, a museum ticket (admission ticket, MAK Annual Pass, Kulturpass, etc.) is required to attend the event. Use the online booking tool for reduced admission, or take advantage of the new Conversation Piece 2024 subscription.

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Speculative Archaeology—New Perspectives on the History of Architecture in the Anthropocene