April 12, 2021 - Texas A&M University - MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS
e-flux Architecture
April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021

Texas A&M University

Courtesy Marcelo López-Dinardi.

A conversations-marathon
April 23, 2021, 9am



Marcelo López-Dinardi, with the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at Texas A&M University, presents MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS.

MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS is an installation and a conversations-marathon project motivated by the ambition and need to elaborate our positions towards the making and building of public–commons, primarily through an act of appearance and conversation much required in our cultural context. The project relies mainly on direct dialogue and embodied engagement, two crucial forms of impact in our contemporary culture beyond quantitative metrics. It proposes and promotes dialogue and conversations around topics of—but not limited to—how and what constitutes the public and the commons, and why it is critical to appear in public today as we continue to battle the isolating impact of the global pandemic. Conversations include public–commons and institutions, commoning, landscapes, justice, measures, cooperation, water, ecologies, language, and appearance.

MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS is conceived, curated, and organized by Marcelo López-Dinardi.

The conversations-marathon will take place in an installation in the Architecture Quad at Texas A&M University and virtually online.


9am: institutions       
Marina Otero Verzier, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands)

10am: commoning      
Pelin Tan, Batman University (Turkey), Center for Arts, Design and Social Research (US), Thessaly University (Greece)

11am: landscapes       
Elise Misao Hunchuck, Royal College of Art, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UK), transmediale Berlin (Germany)

12pm: justice               
Bryan Lee Jr., Colloqate, Design As Protest (US) 

1pm: measures          
AD–WO, Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood (US/Australia/Ethiopia)

2pm: cooperation      
COOPIA, Marielsa Castro, Felipe Guerra, Alejandra Sarria (Colombia/Mexico/Peru)

3pm: ecologies          
Janette Kim, Urban Works Agency, CCA (US)

4pm: water                 
Linda Schilling Cuellar, AHORA (Chile)

5pm: language         
Amira Hanafi, Artist (US/Egypt)

6pm: appearance       
Fernando Portal, MILM2, Núcleo Lenguaje y Creación, UDLA (Chile)

Friday, April 23, 2021
Architecture Quad, Texas A&M University
9am-7pm CST

Free and open to everyone.

MAKING THE PUBLIC–COMMONS is possible thanks to a Pandemic Innovative Arts Grant by the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts of Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University
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