All posts filed under ‘Theory

“Self-management and The Stack” in Making & Breaking No. 1

People in the tech industry frequently talk about autonomy, self-organization, and autopoiesis. But the problem is, these ideas related to self-government are commonly taken at face value, used only formally. These concepts get appropriated to advertise developments in technology that can also hypocritically reinforce existing social and economic structures, together with their inherent inequalities. Critics […]

“Projecting Space” on The Center of Minimum Distance

Reflecting on Henri Lefebvre’s “spatial triad” and Expulsions, Saskia Sassen’s recent analysis of the global economy, I wrote about the project space as a space that projects. Positioned between center and periphery, the project space is a site for dissensus. Read on The Center of Minimum Distance (Project Space Festival Berlin 2016)

“Reclaiming Public Space for the Collective Imaginary” in Raumzine #2

My article “Reclaiming Public Space for the Collective Imaginary” has been published in the second issue of Raumzine, a journal produced by M.A. Raumstrategien students and faculty at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. The article is part contextual analysis and part reflection on my recent Munich exhibition POINT BLANK together with Evangelos Papamatthäou-Matschke.  Read the full article on academia.edu

OnCurating No. 31

I’m pleased to announce the 31st issue of OnCurating journal, “Spheres of Estrangement: Art, Politics, Curating,” which I edited together with Jonas Becker, Matthew Hanson, Penny Rafferty, and Paul Stewart. Purchase a copy or download the issue for free at OnCurating.org

“Permanent Temporariness” in Raumzine #1

My article “Permanent Temporariness: A Container Home for Refugees in Berlin-Buch” has been published in the first issue of Raumzine, a journal produced by M.A. Raumstrategien students and faculty at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. Supported by my investigations and documentary photography, the article analyzes self-organized and deterministic housing typologies that have arisen in Berlin in recent years, […]

“Vogelsang in Ruins” on uncube

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the peripheral landscape of former East Germany remains littered with Cold War junk. The decaying architecture of Soviet military hegemony persists silently in nature. I recently investigated the abandoned garrison in Vogelsang, near Berlin, for uncube. Drawing from my recently published photo essay in Horizonte No. 9 Ruine documenting murals […]

“Vogelsang Murals” in HORIZONTE No. 9 – RUINE

By considering the ruin to be the carrier of discourses and moving away as far as possible from ruin lust, i.e. the fascination of decay, we believe to find an access that avoids the obvious and sentimental. Only through this indirect approach we might form a perspective that not only focuses on the object but […]

“Unstable Architecture” on Avant.org

Extracting content from my photo books Palimpsest and Material Senescence, my article “Unstable Architecture” demonstrates the possibility of architecture and environment as an integrated whole. In the article, I make a case for the persistence of architectural failure. Not only do modern ruins and urban decay give us a sense of historical context, they also show us a variable image […]