MaHKUscript #2 Call for Contributions: CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICESJanuary 18 2016
MaHKUscript, Journal of Fine Art Research, seeks contributions
The second issue of MaHKUscript will focus on the current state of Spatial Practice. Public spaces and urban cultures need novel impulses for our contemporary life. Those impulses ask for research-driven strategies based on both artistic and analytic methodologies in mapping and analysis. In connection with these problematics the concept of “Critical Spatial Practices” has been recently introduced, signifying a coming together of art, architecture, planning and design as expanded practices, with the purpose of creating a new commitment regarding urban processes and the politization of space. With that Spatial Practice seems equivalent to finding new modes and methods for offering resistance to the technocratic and neo-liberal rhetoric producing public space and the entrepreneurial city today.
A number of questions arise when further delving into the strategic field of Spatial Practice: what concepts (such as territory, agency, agonistic negotiation, blurred boundaries, grass-roots democracy, heterogeneity, cross-benching, participation, relational aesthetics, post-public environment, micro-urban tactics) are crucial in defining this new field? But also: does the current situation of thinking in terms of counter-space demand the developing of new concepts? What role does artistic research actually play in the further articulation of critical spatial practice? And finally: what is the most strategic way to incorporate this new way of thinking and working in art education?
For this second issue of MaHKUscript the keynote author is Markus Miessen (Berlin).
MaHKUscript also invites artists, researchers and other thinkers or knowledge producers to submit a proposal for a contribution.
Interested authors can send in an abstract of 300 words. In this summary they should argue how their submission could be constructive and innovative in the debate about the state of spatial practice.
Deadline call: 1 April 2016
More information and submission: Editorial Office: Jessica de Schipper