Materials & Applications and the Women's Center for Creative Work invite you to join us for a public discussion and exercise in care with curator and theorist Elke Krasny.
What could a practice of care look like in architecture? As a profession, architecture has long been driven by values of expertise, technical mastery, and bureaucratic control; as a spatial practice, architecture is inevitably intertwined with financial systems that prioritize speculative markets, capital gain, and the commodification of housing. Fundamentally, such large-scale systems are precise opposites to intimate, emotional, and often maternal expressions of care. Yet architecture is fundamentally a social and political practice, where questions of access, equality, representation and expression sit at the forefront of its concerns.
In conversation with curator and feminist theorist Elke Krasny, we will discuss what care might look like in architectural and urban practices. We will ask how can practices of care contribute to new forms of activism, by expanding dialogues, engaging materialisms, transforming pedagogies, and projecting alternatives.
Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist, and writer. She is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography. In her conceptually driven and research-based curatorial practice she works along the intersections of art, architecture, education, feminism, landscape, spatial politics, and urbanism.