Space RE:solutions Intervention and Research in Visual Culture


Call for Papers


Space RE:solutions

Intervention and Research in Visual Culture

International Conference Hosted by the

Visual Culture Programme

Vienna University of Technology

21-23 October 2010

What has emerged over the last decade as one of the most significant aspects of work in

Visual Culture is a persistent desire for both a critical sensitivity toward its theoretical

underpinnings and an experimental elasticity in its methodological approaches. This drive

is giving rise to a plethora of new investigative practices and multi-directional

engagements, particularly vis-à-vis matters of geopolitical urgency and their cultural and

spatial implications.

Marking ten years of Visual Culture studies at Vienna University of Technology, this

conference aims to bring together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners

interested in the dynamics between emergent spatial phenomena and new modes of

theoretical inquiry. Examining the blurring roles of intervention and research, the

conference seeks to debate how critical and creative work in Visual Culture negotiates

unexpected transitions and oscillations between individual and collective, real and virtual,

center and periphery, and activism and academy.

We invite submission of papers that address the current liminalities of theory and

practice in Visual Culture. Participation from graduate students and early career

academics is especially welcome. Topics may range from investigating the intimate,

indiscreet or collaborative architectures of globalisation to discussing the genealogy of

ideas, implemented utopias or unperformed failures.

Current shifts in global politics and economy - financial crises, protest movements,

natural disasters, worldwide migrations of people and concepts, new shadow economies -

contain a myriad of micro and macro processes whose contingent interactions may offer

new perspectives for an emerging culture of research as intervention. How can we

conceptualise the transformations in the way we share space and the political regimes

operative in these spaces? What kinds of strategies does this ambition require? Where

will the novel confluences of spatial realities and practice based research lead Visual

Culture as a field of critical investigation?

Confirmed keynote speakers include Jorella Andrews (Goldsmiths, University of London),

Suzana Milevska (Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje) and Erica Robles (Steinhardt,


The conference will partly take place within the exhibition setting of 2 or 3 Things we've

learned – Intersections of art, pedagogy and protest (IG Bildende Kunst, 14th Sep to 29th

Oct 2010), which aims to produce a discursive space to address processes,

displacements and intervention through art in education.

In order to be considered for the conference, please send a paper proposal of 200-300

words (and an optional image) to the conference organisers at by 1 August 2010. Please also include a brief biographical

sketch of the author(s) of 100-150 words. All abstracts will be reviewed by members of

the conference board. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of papers by

1 September 2010.

Conference registration is free of charge. Participants are encouraged to draw on their

own resources for travel and accommodation, although there might be some funding

available to support paper givers from CEE countries or from outside the EU. Papers from

the conference may form the basis for an edited volume.

Please address all correspondence (including paper submissions, registration and

additional inquiries) to the conference email address:

Updated information will shortly be available on the conference website:

Review Board:

Gulsen Bal, Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna

Brigitta Busch, University of Vienna

Eva Egermann, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, IG Bildende Kunst

Susan Kelly, Goldsmiths, University of London

Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Architekturzentum Wien

Helge Mooshammer, Vienna University of Technology

Peter Mörtenböck, Vienna University of Technology

Irene Nierhaus, University of Bremen

Johanna Schaffer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Conference Organising Committee:

Karin Reisinger

Amila Sirbegovic

Stefanie Wuschitz

Nada Zerzer

Institute of Art and Design, Vienna University of Technology

Karlsplatz 13, A-1040 Vienna, Austria



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