Dimensions of Citizenship, roundtable presented by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 / and e-flux Architecture
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Dimensions of Citizenship, roundtable presented by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
and e-flux Architecture

Dimensions of Citizenship, roundtable presented by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
and e-flux Architecture
Date
March 12, 2018, 7pm
e-flux
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New York, NY 10002
USA

Dimensions of Citizenship, the theme of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago, challenges architects and designers to envision what it means to be a citizen today. As transnational flows of capital, digital technologies, and geopolitical transformations expand, conventional notions of citizenship are undermined. How might architecture, then, express, and engage with today’s rhizomatic and paradoxical conditions of citizenship?

US Pavilion curators Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, and Mimi Zeiger, and associate curator Iker GIl, are collaborating with e-flux Architecture editors Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch on an online publication that will respond to contemporary and historical understandings of the concept of citizenship and how questions of inclusions and exclusion (and points in between) are spatially constructed. These texts use history, theory, and criticism to expand upon the commissioned architectural works on view. Authors include architects, designers, historians, critics, and theorists. Starting in early May and continuing throughout the duration of the Biennale, contributions will be circulated by e-flux Architecture and appear online on the e-flux Architecture website. The essays will also appear in the Dimensions of Citizenship print catalog and the official exhibition website.

The Dimensions of Citizenship roundtable discussion brings together US Pavilion curators and e-flux Architecture editors with New York-based contributors to the pavilion and publication series for the first time. 

Moderators:
Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger, US Pavilion curators 
Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch, e-flux Architecture editors

Participants:
Ingrid Burrington, author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure  
Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Keller Easterling, Yale University, author Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space and Medium Design  
Shannon Harvey, designer and founder of IN-FO.CO 
Sukjong Hong, journalist and web editor Architect’s Newspaper
Laura Kurgan, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and director of the Center for Spatial Research
Enrique Ramirez, architectural educator, writer, editor, and curator

Category
Architecture
Subject
Citizenship

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. She was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and is currently curating Soft Schindler at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, which opens in October 2019. She teaches at SCI-Arc and the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design.

Nick Axel is Deputy Editor of e-flux Architecture.

Ingrid Burrington is the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure (Melville House, 2016). She works at the Data & Society Research Institute.

Keller Easterling is a writer, designer, and professor at Yale University.

Sukjong Hong is a writer and web editor at The Architect's Newspaper, with a background in architecture and urban planning. She was previously a reporter-researcher at The New Republic and an Open City fellow with the Asian American Writer's Workshop. She publishes journalism in the form of writing and comics about labor, immigration, militarism, among other topics.

Laura Kurgan is Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Center for Spatial Research (CSR) and the Visual Studies curriculum.

Enrique Ramirez is a scholar and historian of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism. He is working on a manuscript that considers how exchanges between architectural and aeronautical cultures in eighteenth and nineteenth-century France constructed new, modernized ideas about air and the natural environment.

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