Abb: Margit Czenki, aus: Park Fiction Archiv, Park Fiction 16.6.2013.



Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 7:30 pm
at Theater im Bahnhof, Elisabethinergasse 27a, 8020 Graz

Discussion with:
Leo Kühberger (Historian, Activist, Graz)
Birgit Kulterer (Art Historian, Art Education, Graz)
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer (<rotor>, Graz)
Elke Rauth / Christoph Laimer (dérive, Magazine for Urban Research, Vienna)
Johanna Rolshoven (Cultural Anthropologist, Urban Researcher, Graz)
Moderation: Judith Laister (Cultural Anthropologist, Graz)

Introductory words: Dr. Kurt Flecker (Styrian Society for Cultural Politics)

Photos of the discussion

Stuttgart 21, Gezi Park Istanbul, Right-to-the-City, and so on: More and more inhabitants question their use of urban space in everyday life and actively get involved in urban developments.
What lies behind these processes of urban self-empowerment? How can 'many' be activated? How active or passive are city inhabitants really, apart from protests and citizens' initiatives? And last but not least: Which role can art play in this field?

Presentation of the book:

Die Kunst des urbanen Handelns /
The Art of Urban Intervention

Which role can or should art play in the context of urban transformation, and which role does it want to play? Who are the protagonists? How do they appropriate the urban space? Which power-relations define and delimit their practices? This book takes a look at the strategies, ambivalences, and limits of emancipatory urban practices in 18 international contributions from the fields of art, activism, architecture, city planning, urban research and journalism. The contributing authors sketch out concrete examples of urban action between the poles of the discourse on topical issues such as participation, governmentality, gentrification, social movements, migration and empowerment.

With contributions by:
Luchezar Boyadjiev, Antonio Brizioli, Margit Czenki / Christoph Schäfer, Alexa Förber, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Sabine Hess, Zdena Kolecková / Michal Kolecek, Elke Krasny, Leo Kühberger, Judith Laister, Andreas Lang, Margarethe Makovec / Anton Lederer, Doina Petrescu / Constantin Petcou, Oda Projesi, Elke Rauth / Christoph Laimer, Simone Reis / Bertram Werle, Theater im Bahnhof, Vesna Vukovic, Thomas Wolkinger

Published by:
Judith Laister, Margarethe Makovec, Anton Lederer
< rotor > center for contemporary art
University of Graz / Institute for Cultural Anthropology

Volume 4 of the series Culture of the Public Space
Steirische Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik

Löcker publishing house
ISBN 978-3-85409-702-0
288 pages, 15,5 x 23,5 cm
available for Euro 29,80,-

Institut für Volkskunde und Kulturanthropologie