ISLANDS GHETTOS | PHASE II | Lectures at Heidelberg University and Kunstverein

ISLANDS GHETTOS | PHASE II | Lectures at Heidelberg University and Kunstverein

Heidelberger Kunstverein

April 23, 2008
ISLANDS GHETTOS | PHASE II | Lectures at Heidelberg University and Kunstverein
Heidelberger Kunstverein

Heidelberger Kunstverein
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With the international exhibition project “ISLANDS GHETTOS” the Heidelberger Kunstverein aims to draw attention to the worldwide phenomenon of territorial isolation and social seclusion. The project will gather contributions from artists, architects and urbanists, dealing with the effect of such tendencies in 21st century cities. Their focus will be on the way the last social utopia of the 20th century – the dream of the globalized borderless world – is being replaced by a world with countless other types of demarcation based on socio-economical parameters. New works about the two prototypical case studies in Venezuela, Caracas and in Dubai off the Persian Gulf by artists such as Alice Creischer Andreas Siekmann, Silke Wagner, Multiplicity, Armin Linke, Allesandro Petti, Eyal Weizman will be shown alongside exisiting pieces by Javier Téllez, Marjetica Potrc, Atelier Van Lieshout and 25 other artists during the main exhibition (PHASE III) from June 7th to August 31st 2008.

On April 23rd, 2008, PHASE II will start: a lecture series, arranged in collaboration with the Institute of European Art History, University of Heidelberg. Every Wednesday evening at 7 pm, well-known international and German sociologists, architects, art historians and curators will speak about various aspects of the increasing spatial fragmentation of cities, and the resulting ruptures in the social fabric. The lecture series will end on July 7th, 2008.

The broad spectrum of the individual lectures ranges from urban planning projects by the Walt Disney Company in New York and Florida (Dr.-Ing. Frank Roost, Berlin Institute of Technology) and the desert boomtown Dubai and Las Vegas (Dr. Heiko Schmid, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg), from the attempt to include the socially disintegrated classes in Caracas (Dr. Andrej Holm, Humboldt-University, Berlin) to socio-spatial separation and polarisation in major German cities (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Häußermann, Humboldt-University, Berlin).

Other lectures will be held by Anette Baldauf, Alfredo Brillembourg, Christiane Brosius, Michael Hesse, Andrej Holm, Johan Holten, George Katodrytis, Hubert Klumpner, Kevin Mittchell, Alessandro Petti, and Markus Schroer.

Please go to for further information about the project.

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

The Heidelberger Kunstverein is grateful for the additional support by BASF AG.

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