Elke Krasny: Unplanned History

The Woodward’s Building collapsing, Vancouver, September 30, 2006, photo credit: Tannoy.

Unplanned (Urban) History. Writing It Down/Writing It Up as a Critical Curatorial Practice

Public Lecture, 13 March 2014, at 7 pm
The title of this lecture taking place at the SCCA Project space in cooperation with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, proposes a paradox as its starting point: unplanned history. History eludes planning, it has already happened. Still, the notion of the unplanned, as the lecturer emphasizes, is not the only conduit into history. Quite on the contrary, the writing of history, as feminist and postcolonial scholarship have shown, needs care and planning.

Elke Krasny will position a different genealogy of feminist urban curating (largely unwritten) and feminist strategies for writing an urban history that otherwise will have remained untold and invisible. These two histories will be unfold in parallel as part of an ongoing exploration of critical spatial practices in urban curating and of feminist (proto-)curatorial models of conviviality and the writing of unwritten history.

Workshop, 13 and 14 March 13 2014
In combination with the lecture, the workshop will look at the interrelations and interdependencies between critical practices of artistic production, curatorial approaches, issues of urban epistemology and research-based strategies. The focus will be on conviviality and care and on issues of vulnerability, resistance, knowing bodies of agency/(un)known bodies of writing.
The workshop will combine the format of a read-in with an urban walk through the Tabor neighborhood.

Elke Krasny
is a curator, cultural theorist, and writer. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art, architecture and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography.

More about the programme, application and lecturer.

These events are part of the 2014 World of Art public programme, which is being prepared by the SCCA-Ljubljana and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.