Seminar 33 // 3, 4, 5 May 2012 // Vienna

Thursday, the 3rd of May:

Venue: Depot - Kunst und Diskussion (, Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Wien

10.30 - 11.00:
Introduction to the program and discussion of practical issues

11.00 - 14.00:
Input by Nora Sternfeld: 'Curating Contradictions'

Nora Sternfeld is an art educator, curator and theorist. She has been involved in numerous activities in Vienna dealing with curatorial and educational issues, such as 'trafo.K' (an agency for art education and critical knowledge production), the platform 'schnittpunkt. exhibition theory & practice', or the M.A. programme 'ecm - educating/curating/managing' at the Academy of Fine Arts (where she is also a lecturer). She is now on the move to Helsinki where she will develop and direct a new university program for curating and education. Nora will present an exhibition project ('Contradictions!') that she realized a year ago and especially focus on questions of post-representational curating and the possibilities of curators to enhance social and political action.

- Mary Louise Pratt, 'Arts of the Contact Zone'
- Nora Sternfeld, 'Memorial Sites as Contact Zones'

14.00 - 15.00: Lunch

15.00 - 18.00:
Internal session with Joshua Simon presenting his recently finished chapter for the Upgrade
Reading group on Mary Louise Pratt's 'Arts of the Contact Zone' (see above) together with Nora Sternfeld.

Public event at Depot; 'Of Bulls and Bears' (kinokis mikrokino #191)

Presentation of two recent films by Oliver Ressler: 'The Bull Laid Bear' (w/ Zanny Begg, 2012) and 'Socialism Failed, Capitalism Is Bankrupt, What Comes Next?' (2010). Oliver Ressler and Tom Waibel (one of C/K's guest on Friday) will be present for discussion.

Friday, the 4th of May:

Venue: Depot - Kunst und Diskussion (, Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Wien

10.30 - 11.00:
Internal session

11.00 - 14.00:
Input by Elisabeth Samsonow: 'Confusion. Thinking the Third Millenium'

Elisabeth Samsonow ( is a philosopher and artist, she teaches at the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts as a professor of Philosophical and Historical Anthropology of Art. Her thinking takes inspiration from very different sources, ranging from Renaissance philosophy or anthropological issues to the contexts of Deleuzian and Guattarian philosophy, and addressing questions from the history of art and religion to feminist issues, media theory or the theory of subjectivities. Among many other texts, she has authored a sort of feminist version of Deleuze/Guattari's 'Anti-Oedipus', a book entitled 'Anti-Elektra'. Her presentation with us will draw upon a keynote lecture that she has given two weeks ago at the Philosopher's Rally in Rotterdam (see

15.00 - 18.00:
Input by Tom Waibel: 'The Masks of Resistance'

Tom Waibel ( is a philosopher and presently teaches at the Viennese Art School. He has been part of the Viennese collective Kinoki (organizing mobile cinemas and discussions around films) for many years. He has also lived in Chiapas (Mexico) for seven years, again setting up, among other things, a mobile cinema, a sort of zapatista-inspired version of Kinoki. He is about to publish his book 'The Masks of Resistance', a theorization of his Mexican experiences dealing with the production of images as a form of resistance and appropiation of history in Meso-American Indio practices. This is also what he will put on the table with us, drawing among other things upon Bakhtinian readings of carnival and subversion.


- Mikhail Bakhtin, 'Folk Humour and Carnival Laughter'

- You could also have a look at the GoogleBooks version of Victoria Reifler Bricker's book 'The Indian Christ, the Indian King. The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual

Tanzquartier Wien, Studios: ÖZLEM ALKIŞ (TR) / MARKO MILIĆ (RS) / SEZEN TONGUZ (TR)

Showing / Performance residency-artist (see


Saturday, the 5th of May:
Venue: Conference room at Gumpendorfer Strasse 63b

11.00 - 14.00:
Internal session: Hyunjin Kim will present and discuss her research for the Upgrade chapter

14.00 - 15.00:
Lunch and trip to Karl-Marx-Hof, where we will start the afternoon session

15.00 - 18.00 (and beyond):
Inputs + City Walk by/with Michael Zinganel (starting at Karl-Marx-Hof, Heiligenstädter Strasse 82, 1190 Wien )

Michael Zinganel ( is a freelance urban and architecture theorist, cultural historian, curator and artist. He has realized a number of projects focussing on social housing, urban crime (as a productive force) or migration, among other issues. He has authored the book 'Real Crime. Architektur, Stadt und Verbrechen'. Michael will take us on a tour through the city and tell us about his research at the following places:

- Karl-Marx-Hof, one of the most prominent social housing blocks in Vienna, dating back to the era of the 'Red Vienna' of the 1920ies (see
- Busbahnhof Erdberg, a more recent bus terminal, important in relation to contemporary migration processes (
- Tavern at the Old Danube, next to the 'workers' lido' (


- Michael Zinganel: 'Crime Does Pay! The Structure-Building Power of Crime for Urban Planning and Urban Experience'
- for some of Michael's projects see also the following links:


Seminar Dates: 
Thu, 03/05/2012 - 04:00 - Sat, 05/05/2012 - 11:00