„Architect as Curator as Architect“ JANE RENDELL: From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing

02.06.2015 19:00
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Campus Weißenhof
Neubau 1, Hörsaal 301


This talk will explore how I have been evolving the term ‚critical spatial practice‘ from my earlier understanding of it as a form of urban art/architecture intervention to my later writings where it operates as a form of situated and spatialised criticism. ‚Critical spatial practice‘ allows us to describe works that transgress the limits of art and architecture and engage with both the social and the aesthetic, as well as the interstitial spaces between public and private, drawing attention not only to the importance of the critical, but also to the spatial, to how relations between sites, objects and subjects get played out through particular works. I will conclude by exploring questions of positionality and subjectivity through ’site-writings‘ which perform acts of critical spatial practice through the writing and reading of words, arranged both on and off the page.
Jane Rendell is an academic and writer whose work crosses architectural history/theory, art criticism, feminism and psychoanalysis. She has developed concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ (2002/6) and ‘site-writing’ (2007/10) through such authored books as Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and co-edited collections like Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). Recent texts have been commissioned by artists such as Jasmina Cibic, Apollonia Susteric and transparadiso, and institutions like FRAC Centre, Orléans, and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Her new book concerning transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis is forthcoming. She is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett, UCL. http://www.janerendell.co.uk/
The talk is part of „Architect as Curator as Architect“ – Jour Fixe Series Summer 2015
Introduction and Moderation by Mona Mahall, Asli Serbest


Introduction by Prof. i.V. Asli Serbest

Audience of the lecture by Jane Rendell: From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing
Lecture by Jane Rendell: From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing
(All photos by Janis Rozkalns)
Poster: Design by Valentin Alisch

What is the role of architecture now and in the future of a globally networked world? What is its public, political, and aesthetic potentialities? Its conceptual methods and critical media? To focus these questions, we look at current curatorial practices, their processes, and strategies. The objective is not only to discuss architecture as an (critical) exhibition object or relational space. We also want to address architecture’s ability to project other selves without cancelling former ones.
Concept and Curation Jour Fixe Series Summer 2015: Prof. i.V. Dr. Mona Mahall, Prof. i.V. Dr. Asli Serbest, AM Chrissi Nasz
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Sto-Stiftung, Wüstenrot Stiftung, Armstrong DLW, Beton Marketing Süd, FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH + Co KG, Nimbus Group GmbH und der Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg
Hinweis: Diese Veranstaltung ist bei der Architektenkammer als Fortbildung im Rahmen der berufspraktischen Tätigkeit als „Architekt/in im Praktikum“ (AIP) genehmigt.