Blog der Professur Philip Ursprung

Mai 13

Thursday, 2. May 2013, Friday, 3. May 2013
HIL H Plaza 40.4, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 15, 8003 Zurich
Concept: Mechtild Widrich

This public workshop was the first meeting of the international network Art and Architecture History Assembly, which was founded by scholars at ETH Zurich, MIT, and the University of Western Australia. The AAHA approaches the porous boundaries between art and architecture and the less steady academic dialogue between these disciplines from a global perspective, concentrating on themes of interchange between countries, regions, and cultures. Members from Chile, Australia, the US, England, Switzerland and Austria joined us at ETH for two days to discuss utopia’s potential, the intersections of the disciplines and of theory and practice.

Limits occupied us both in the form of borders (real or imagined) between the disciplines of art and architecture as well as theory and practice and as literal political demarcations of great urgency within contemporary art and architecture. The three sections of the conference were organized around the themes of geographic boundaries (Tensions), utopian worldmaking (Visions), and production of social effects (Agency). The participants came from theory as well as from artistic and curatorial practice. A lively mix of input lectures and respondents made for an interesting encounter of different approaches and points of view.

We will get back together next year, possibly at MIT or at Western Australia University, Perth. (MW)

Audience attending the key note lectures at ETH Hönggerberg, May 2, 2013. Front Row: Karl Kegler, Sabine von Fischer, Elke Krasny, Andres Lepik

Left to right: Mechtild Widrich, Ute Meta Bauer, Pedro Gadanho in conversation at ETH Hönggerberg, May 2, 2013

Lecture by Pedro Gadanho, curator of contemporary architecture

Panel discussion, section “Agency”: from left to right: Elke Krasny, Emily Scott, Sabine von Fischer, Andres Lepik, Ying Zhou. Listening to questions from the audience. May 3, 2013


Nina Zschocke, Tijana Vujosevic, Philip Ursprung, Karl Kegler