Architecture ≠ Art: Marjetica Potrč & Rado Riha


Marjetica Potrč & Rado Riha, Tuesday, 2 September 2014, at 6 pm, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana

On Tuesday, 2 September 2014, at 6 pm, you are cordially invited to the final event within the programme Architecture ≠ Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. Artist Marjetica Potrč and philosopher Rado Riha will be discussing on the relation between architecture and art.

Marjetica Potrč: Soweto: Ubuntu Park
For two and a half months in spring 2014, students of the Design for the Living World class (University of Fine Arts/HFBK, Hamburg,Germany) engaged in The Soweto Project in Soweto, South Africa. The project is an example of participatory design, with the students and the community planning and realizing the project together. The project designs community using relational objects and performative actions, such as the construction of a performance platform and the organization of a Soweto Street Festival. The public space is managed and organized by the community, who have elected the Ubuntu Park Committee and formed a community based organization Environ Ubuntu Park Projects. The Soweto Project is an initiative of Nine Urban Biotopes - Negotiating the Future of Urban Living.

Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect who has been a professor at the University of Fine Arts/HFBK in Hamburg, Germany, since 2011. Students of her course Design for the Living World develop participatory design projects. Potrč’s artworks have been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the Americas, including at the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003, 2009) and the São Paulo Biennial (1996, 2006), and are shown regularly at the Galerie Nordenhake in Berlin. Her many community-based on-site projects include Dry Toilet (Caracas, 2003) and The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour (Stedelijk Goes West, Amsterdam, 2009). She has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics Fellowship at The New School in New York (2007).

Rado Riha: Architecture as an Operation with an Object
The lecture draws on the question of the possibility of thinking architecture today and suggests that the answer lies in rethinking the concept of the object of architecture. The purpose of developing this thesis is threefold. First, to show that architecture introduces into the given reality a special kind of objects: objects that are part of reality by not belonging to it. Second, to delineate a thought process that enables us to think, that is, make visible such objects. And, third, to show that an integral part of the production of an architectural object is also the production of an architectural subject. On all three points, architecture is homologous to art.

Rado Riha is senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the Scientific Research Centre, Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a professor at the Postgraduate School SRS SASA and the University of Nova Gorica. He has published four books and many articles on contemporary philosophy, on the impact of the encounter between philosophy and Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis and on Kant’s philosophy, ethics and epistemology. One of his research interests is centred on the theory of architecture.

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Maistrova 3, Ljubljana
Programme managers: Vid Zabel and Urška Jurman (Igor Zabel Association)

The Architecture ≠ Art programme is being prepared by the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory in collaboration with the Museum of Architecture and Design and the Museum of Modern Art + Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova.

The programme is supported by the ERSTE Foundation.

More about the programme.