2008, Fri, Aug 29

Introduction to the exhibition

with Marion von Osten (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien), Tom Avermaete (Delft University of Technology), Serhat Karakayali (Kanak Attak, TRANSIT MIGRATION Berlin) and Daniel Weiss (GTA Archiv, ETH Zürich)


Marion von Osten, in her work as an artist, cultural scientist and exhibition-maker, Marion von Osten adopts a trans-disciplinary approach. Her exhibitions and events, as well as her artistic and theoretical works, deal with post-colonial and neo-liberal conditions, the government of mobility and subjectivity, and the social significance of cultural production. From 1996-98, Marion von Osten was curator of the Shedhalle Zurich, where she organised projects such as Sex&Space, SUPERmarkt and MoneyNations. From 2003-2005, she was the artistic director of Projekt Migration (together with Kathrin Rhomberg) and TRANSIT MIGRATION (with Regina Römhild). Since 2006, she has held a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her publications include Projekt Migration (2005) and Norm der Abweichung (2003).


Tom Avermaete is architectural historian and co-curator of the exhibition. He lives and works in Delft as an associate professor of architecture at the Delft University of Technology with a special research interest in the public realm and the architecture of the city. He is the author of Another Modern: the Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods (2005) and editor of amongst others Wonen in Welvaart (Dwelling in Welfare, 2007) on the architecture of the welfare state in Belgium. He is an editor of OASE Architectural Journal. Together with Hans Teerds and Klaske Havik he prepares a publication with the title Positions: Architectural Stances on Modernity and the Public Sphere.


Serhat Karakayali is sociologist and co-curator of the exhibition and lives and works in Berlin. He holds an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. on the “Metamorphosis of Illegality” from the University of Frankfurt am Main and worked on the transformation of welfare states and issues of migration and citizenship. He was fellow researcher on the project TRANSIT MIGRATION based at the University of Frankfurt for the Department for Cultural Anthropology. He currently works in a project on racism and antisemitism in Berlin.


Daniel Weiss was born in 1967. He studied history and art history at the University of Zurich. He manages the archive of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. In addition to his freelance projects, contributions to town-development policy, academic editing, and work in grass-roots collectives, he is involved in numerous research, publication and exhibition projects on the history of twentieth century architecture.