August 31, 2018 - Iaspis - Iaspis at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial
August 31, 2018


The Concrete Tent. Gathering space for communal learning in Dheisheh Refugee Camp Bethlehem, 2015. Photo: Campus in Camps.

Iaspis at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial
Urgent Pedagogies: Learning and unlearning through spaces of exception

Seminar: September 22, 2–8pm

Irmak Caddesi No: 13
Dolapdere Beyoğlu
34435 Istanbul

Iaspis/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial invite you to a public seminar on urgent design and architecture pedagogies.

With Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Jan Boelen, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Pelin Tan, Merve Gül Özokcu

What are the urgencies of design and architecture pedagogies in contested territories? How can pedagogies reveal and bring ways of unlearning and undoing? What would be the methodologies of decolonization pedagogies? Can alternative approaches in education and research reach beyond established institutional structures, and through transversal and collective approaches make difference in transforming knowledge, thus shaping design and architecture practice today?

Urgent Pedagogies is a half-day public event, that invites professional educators and pedagogical practitioners from the fields of design and architecture, to present on-going educational practices, discuss cases and focus on the question of methodologies and means of pedagogies. From 20th century utopian design and social approaches, to border ecologies and occupations, these sessions and panels will focus on cases from contested geographies of Palestine to Cyprus, as well as examples of local school initiations, and pedagogical platforms in contra-urban and periphery conditions.

Urgent Pedagogies is organised by Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme and the Istanbul Design Biennial, with support from the Swedish Institute and the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul. The event is developed by Iaspis through Project Manager Magnus Ericson together with Pelin Tan, Visiting Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.

Language: English. Turkish simultaneous translation
Free admission, limited number of places


Sepake Angiama, curator and educator, Co-curator of upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2019. Markus Bader, member of raumlaborberlin, Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Artistic Director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt; Artistic Director of Atelier LUMA, Arles; Head of the Master Department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Magnus Ericson, curator, project coordinator and educator, Project Manager at Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme. Joseph Grima, architect, curator and writer, Creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven; Artistic Director of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, Founder and partner at Space Caviar. Sandi Hilal, architect and researcher, Co-founder of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Onkar Kular, designer and Professor at HDK, Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University. Peter Lang, Professor in Architectural Theory and History at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Tor Lindstrand, architect and Senior Lecturer at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm; former Associate Professor at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm. Pelin Tan, sociologist and art historian, Associate Professor at the Architecture Department, University of Cyprus, Nicosia; Board member of the pedagogical consortium on Refugee Heritage, Campus in Camps, Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp. Merve Gül Özokcu, architect and activist, continuing PhD studies at İstanbul Technical University and conducting projects at Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği (Architecture for All Association - HIM).

Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists. Its mission is to work with internationalisation with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the markets, contributing to artistic development and improved working and income opportunities.

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, titled A School of Schools, investigates design as learning, and learning as design. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), it takes place from September 22 to November 4, 2018. This multi-platform event will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.

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