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Constructing Realities: Barbara Holub

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Artist and architect Barbara Holub will present projects working with the method of "direct urbanism" – a method that transparadiso has developed for a socially and societally engaged urban development, which involves art and artistic strategies as integral elements.

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"As we stated in the publication "Direct urbanism" (Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2013), Direct urbanism (DU) advocates direct urban intervention, and involves users, residents, decision-makers and other agents of the city in performative settings. DU develops site- and context-related tools as well as new methods that integrate artistic and unconventional practices into the durational process of urban planning. DU tries to counteract the dichotomy of top-down and bottom-up planning, and explores exactly when experts and local specialists should become involved. DU acts transdisciplinarily, pursuing research through practice – in an open process.

The following questions are important:
– How can artists and artistic practices maintain their critical voice and (yet) be considered experts on an equal level to other experts like urban planners or sociologists?
– How can artistic urban practices contribute to establishing new societal values enhancing common acting and counteracting urban development primarily based on neo-liberal decision-making?

But the role art plays in the context of our urbanistic projects consists of a range of different "functions". In addition to projects for "direct urbanism", Barbara Holub will show how an art project/urban intervention can trigger the "production of desire", serving as a tool for developing innovative urbanistic programs. And in the end she will present current architecture project, a new urban quarter in Vienna ('Quartier Bienvenue'), and talk about how a trilogy of art projects has served as "research through practice" for developing this societally engaged project for new forms of living together."

Lecturer Biography:

Barbara Holub is an artist, architect, researcher, based in Vienna. In 1999 she founded transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics (architect, urbanist) as a transdisciplinary practice in between urbanism, art and architecture, between practice and theory. transparadiso’s practice focuses on the method of “direct urbanism”, which means involving artistic strategies for a socially engaged and process oriented urban planning.

Barbara Holub was external expert for direct urbanism and visiting artist at the Dept. of Social Design (2014-2016), visiting professor at TransArts (2015), University of Applied Arts Vienna. She lectures at the Vienna University of Technology, where she also directed the research project "Planning Unplanned – Towards a New Positioning of Art in the Context of Urban Development" (2010-2013).

Barbara Holub was president of the Secession, Vienna (2006–2007), member of the jury of Public Art Lower Austria (2005-2007), and is a member of the advisory board of World Council of Peoples for the UN.

Recent publications: Barbara Holub (ed.) Das Bienvenue: Ein Recht auf Raum für alle (2016), transparadiso (Barbara Holub/ Paul Rajakovics) Direct Urbanism, Verlag für moderne Kunst (2013); Barbara Holub/ Christine Hohenbüchler (eds.) Planning Unplanned–Can Art Have a Function? Towards a New Function of Art in Society, Verlag für moderne Kunst (2015).

www.transparadiso.com
www.barbaraholub.com

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