Earth Objects. Topology, Experiments, Jurisdictions (Teil 1)

First broadcast: Mon 04.03.2013, 11.00 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Mon 04.03.2013, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Susan Kelly

The focus of the program in March and April 2013 lays on topology as both an object and a method through which to investigate physical and political territories and the events that constitute them. Italian theorist Sandro Mezzadra argues that the image of ‘Fortress Europe’ prevents us from grasping the complex forces that operate in contemporary movements of migration. The challenge of understanding these spaces he argues, is both political and aesthetic, requiring a shift from topographical to topological understanding. How might aesthetic and object-oriented approaches to spatial production construct a different understanding of these complex territories?

The broadcast is a seminar which took place last year at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen: Susan Kelly, fellow of the International Fellowshop Program for Art and Theory 2011/12, invited two guests, both members of the Centre for Research Architecture: A Laboratory for Critical Spatial Practice at Goldsmiths College in London, Nabil AHMED and Susan SCHUPPLI.
Artist and writer Nabil AHMED examines the event of the cyclone in Bangladesh as a force through which to assemble the political anew; artist and cultural theorist Susan SCHUPPLI uses forensic analysis of dust from the World Trade Centre to reflect upon that space, event and its political refractions. The seminar explored how such ‘earth objects’ might provide another way of perceiving the topological forces at work in contemporary European political spaces.


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Susan KELLY is an artist, writer and educator currently living in London. She writes, does performances, public artwork and installations and is a lecturer in Fine Art and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Susan Kelly works independently and collectively with the Micropolitics Research Group, the Carrotworkers’ Collective and the Precarious Workers Brigade. Over the last ten years she has worked in Belfast, New York, Toronto, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tallin, Zagreb, Innsbruck and elsewhere.