Military Architecture anno 2010 (Palestine)

As a consolation for my absence from the meeting today, I bring you news of an extremely interesting lecture I attended in Oslo last night. It might be especially relevant to anyone working with military architecture, but I think it should be of general interest as well.

The lecture was held in connection with an exhibition of a project called Decolonizing Architecture, that is dealing with how architectural intervention into the structures of Israeli settlements and military bases, can transform these places from their dominant form into more equal communities for both Israelis and Palestinians. The talk however, was more focused on the spatial practices that the Israeli military has learned from architects, in order to extend the occupation of the West Bank. It was held by an Israeli architect, Eyal Weizman, who studies how (israeli) politics are expressed as spatial conditions in Palestine, where the situation is so intense and the examples of domination through architectural means are so many. This guy also leads the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths university in London, which is based on “practice led theory”, and so could be interesting in reference to our own research in the EK.

Here are links for further reading about the project and the research centre, and I am happy to tell you more about the lecture if you are interested.

http://www.0047.org/events/view/35
http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/?page_id=2
http://roundtable.kein.org/

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Vila Saló

For anyone interested in theatre and performance, there is a very interesting and rare event going on in Copenhagen right now. A villa in Østerbro has been transformed into a universe of terror, violence, sex, shit, blood and tears, inspired by Pasolinis film Saló or 120 Days of Sodomy. The public is invited inside as guests of the different groups of the house, in which you walk around freely, and witness or take part in the events that occur. It is pretty intense, but also beyond any theatrical experience I have had, as it redefines the form of the theatre: the concepts of stage, interaction between actors and audience, reality and illusion, involvement of actors and audience, and duration of a piece of perfomance. The subject matter is also rich, exploring power relations and the responsibilities we have towards other people.

See the link, or ask me or Frederik about it if you want to know more. http://www.villa-salo.dk/info.shtml

-Nicola

CITA in MARK magazine

Browsing magazines on my way to Norway this weekend, I spotted Mette Ramsgård Thomsens name on the cover of MARK. The article inside is a good introduction to her work at CITA, and can provide some useful background to our workshop this week. I am pretty sure they will have a copy at the school library, and it does not take long to read. Perfect for you next coffee break.

– Nicola