Andrei Pop, Associate Professor, Committee on Social Thought, Art History, and the College of The University of Chicago
Mechtild Widrich, Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
How do artifacts, performances, and institutions arising within the context of the art world migrate into the public sphere and effect actual change? The workshop addresses the concrete material culture and micro-history of cities ranging from Istanbul to Hong Kong, but also connections to urban planning and infrastructure, as well as the theorization of interdisciplinary practices at the intersection of aesthetics and politics. We are particularly fascinated by the imaginative and methodological challenges of trying to chart the course of development from the rapidly shifting present into the future—a field more commonly inhabited by planners and financial interests, but of critical important to the arts, humanities and the general public.
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The event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Hong Kong Center and features members of the Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities Initiative (AUHI) in the Faculty of Architecture.