Sunday, October 19, 2014


Two weeks to go 
to the new group photo-exhibition 
organised by TACT at Friedrichshain, 
at the Urban Spree  Gallery.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ANCB Lectures -Urban Interplay - Community, Identity and Space

Urban Interplay - Community, Identity and Space

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 4:00 pm

Francine Houben, Mecanoo architecten and Benedetta Tagliabue, EMBT

ANCB Lectures on the occasion of the opening of the Aedes exhibitions A People's Palace by Mecanoo architecten and Barcelona RE.SET on the work of the Fundació Enric Miralles
Francine Houben of Mecanoo architecten and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT are two of today's leading architects. On the occasion of the opening of the corresponding Aedes exhibitions, ANCB presents lectures by both architects, who share a common focus on the importance of interaction in public space. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CFP: Negotiating Change in Urban Spaces from the Middle Ages to the Present - Oxford

Deadline: 31.10.2014

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the ways in which
physical transformations of urban spaces have been negotiated and/or
narrated over time. The politics of space continues to attract leading
research, especially during moments of palpable transition such as the
tearing down of city walls or the rebuilding of war-damaged districts.
In these situations, struggles over municipal laws, codes, or
regulations, or the changing aesthetics or rhythms of urban spaces
illuminate a great deal about how the city has been imagined. They
underscore the narratives that urban dwellers, professionals and
government officials have told about the built environment and used to
influence its transformation. In this sense, the imagined geography,
image, role and importance of a city as conceived by a myriad
'interested parties' is as important as its physical reality. However,
these rhetorically and visually defined cities never stop taking their
legitimacy from the physical city.

This conference seeks to gather together academics from a number of
disciplines interested in this relationship between material change and
discourse. Some examples of the many ways in which this can be explored
include investigations into the primacy of place in debates over urban
change, be it structurally, politically, or socially understood.
Likewise, investigations of mental geographies have enriched our
understandings of clashes over urban development, through an increased
sensitivity to how different forms of borders are created and policed.
Other researchers have looked to explore questions of memory or heritage
in material change. Indeed, this holds true for a whole range of
political, social or cultural ideas. And of course, explorations of the
relationship between the local and the global have raised fascinating
questions of how urban identities were understood in space and changed
across time. 

We are seeking papers that consider the complexities of negotiating
and/or narrating urban transformations according to any disciplinary
approach. There are no restrictions on geographical region or time
period but a reference to change according to one of the following

- Infrastructural change
- Changes in housing and/or living standards
- Changing regulations, including of the sounds, smells and rhythms of
urban life
- Local and/or global relationships in the city
- Aesthetics or artistic depictions of the city
- The development of heritage and sites of memory 
- Changing tensions between secular and religious spaces or
- Policing, surveillance and deviance

In order to ground the conference discussions in the realities of
navigating change in the city, the conference will also include a number
of architects and urban planners to help enrich the ways in which we
talk about the city. 

The conference will take place at Nuffield College, University of Oxford
and will be consist of panels of short summary presentations based on
pre-circulated papers of 5-6000 words. There will be no conference fee -
coffee and meals including the evening meal are included. Limited
funding to subsidize travel costs and accommodation is available, to
those without a full wage or institutional support. 

Paper proposals of up to 500 words and as well as an abridged curriculum
vitae should be sent to by 31 October 2014. The
conference language will be English.

Please address all queries to: Sheona Davies,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CfP: Subversive Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945

Session Convenors:
Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen,
Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia,

In communist Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the building of socialism had as its final endpoint a utopia that provided the ultimate motivation: sacrifice now, reward later. In its sheer impossibility, it was an elusive and illusory dream that formed the foundation for everyday life under totalitarian regime. Within this visionary world, artists such as Alexander Mlynarcik (Slovakia), Marko Kovacic (Slovenia) or Mark Verlan (Moldova), created their own parallel worlds, utopias, dystopias, and fantastic domains. In many cases, alternative and nonofficial artists’ works served to carve out a unique space in the so-called “grey zone” of Europe, which offered an alternative not only to state-sponsored socialism, but also to Western capitalism, both of which many artists and dissidents viewed with equal suspicion. This panel will examine a range of artistic ideas, participative strategies, subversive practices, networks and projects (imaginary or real), which demonstrate an alternative sphere of thinking and modes of creative living, and which possibly attempt to move beyond the classical binary systems of West and East – all from within an everyday world order that seemed to be set in stone. We also invite papers that offer a more differentiated view, even extending to the post-socialist period, aiming to re-evaluate the nexus of aesthetics and politics and produce new interpretations and analytical approaches regarding counterculture and censorship, which explore the relational aspects of following binaries: official and unofficial, political and apolitical, permitted and prohibited – under totalitarian rule.

The deadline for abstracts is November 10, 2014. Paper proposals must be emailed directly to the session convenor(s). You must provide a 250 word abstract for a 30 minute paper. Include your name and institution affiliation (if any). Please follow the format found in the “Paper Proposal Guidelines” document found here:
You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenor(s). - See more at:

Unfortunately no fee is payable to speakers; all speakers must register and pay to attend the conference.

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Public art festival - ARTPROSPECT in Saint Petersburg

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Micro-urbanism. City in details

Micro-urbanism. City in details. 

Ed. by Olga Brednikova and Oksana Zaporozhets. 

Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2014.
The book is devoted to and inspired by contemporary city. A variety of research approaches grasping the fluidity, plurality and ambiguity of urban life are united by micro-urbanism as a common analytical perspective. Micro-urbanism is a possibility to look at the city at the close distance, to discern it in nuances and details. It unfolds a dense everyday life of the city and highlights the urbanites as its main actors, who create the city, its places and routes via everyday activities, senses and feelings. Along with the usual, though not quite familiar, urban characters such as public transport passengers, wedding companies and omnipresent tourists, the book introduces relatively new participants of urban life: urban explorers, graffiti writers, sellers and buyers of flea markets, and many other. Vivid narrations bring to life vibrant and emotionally saturated city.