2006, Sat, Dec 02

my house

presentations: Yang Lian and Renata Salecl

Ideas of the homeland and oneself are concentrated in the expression “my house” and the accompanying cultural constructions and belief systems. The character of “my house” leads from questions of architecture to themes like sustainability, mobility, and migration. Political and societal conditions change our concept of the house, the forms of its use, its appropriation, and the possibilities of self-determination. Architects and theoreticians, philosophers and artists pose a common question from various perspectives: What is “my house”? Their answers will be commented by the following speaker.

with Beatriz Colomina, Jesko Fezer, Mathias Heyden, John Palmesino, Philippe Rahm, François Roche, Renata Salecl, Horst Schwebel and Yang Lian


6:00 – 7:45 p.m. Yang Lian The author was born in Switzerland in 1955 as the child of Chinese diplomats and grew up in Beijing. In 1974, he was sent into the countryside for “re-education”. After working in radio, he has lived as a poet in exile in New Zealand since 1989. In 1997, he took part in the documenta X. In 1999, Yang Lian was awarded the Flaiano International Prize for Poetry. Renata Salecl The philosopher and sociologist conducts research at the Criminology Institute of the Juridical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In her works (published in German: “(Per)Versionen von Liebe und Hass“, ([per-]versions of love and hate, 2000), she uses psychoanalytical categories to dissect current social phenomena – for example the postulate of self-creation.

8:00 – 10:30 p.m. followed by Jesko Fezer, architect and artist, Berlin, Mathias Heyden, architect, Böll Foundation, Berlin, and John Palmesino, founding member of the agency “Multiplicity”, teaches and conducts research at the ETH Studio Basel/Institute City of the Present more...


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