Organised by the After Belonging Agency (Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier)

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging Intervention Strategies - A Forum on Arctic Negotiations

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 2 June 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 100 mins

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale After Belonging designs the objects, spaces, and territories for a transforming condition of belonging under global regimes of circulation. The triennale examines both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?

For the first public presentation of the Triennale in London, After Belonging invites a group of architects and spatial practitioners to reflect on one of the proposals selected through an International Call for Intervention Strategies and that are being developed throughout the Triennale period. Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes seeks to produce a forum of discussion for the construction of a new eco-political Arctic governance by operating on three negotiations in the region: the melting of the Arctic ice (Nature), the expected global shipment along the Northeast Passage (Labor), and the indigenous conception of the territory (Land). Participants will critically consider the intersection of non-human nature, indigenous rights and transnational labor.

Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes is part of an ongoing series of forums and workshops initiated in January 2016 by Nabil Ahmed and Dámaso Randulfe, selected as one of the winner teams of the Call for Intervention Strategies of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, and whose program of activities, interactions and interventions in each of the sites is developed throughout the year and culminated in an exhibition at the National Museum - Architecture in Oslo in September 2016.

Speakers include: Nabil Ahmed and Dámaso Randulfe (Authors, Nature, Labour, Land), Lindsay Bremner (Westminster University), Katya Larina, (U:lab.spb), Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog). Along with the curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016:Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier. With an introduction by: Director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Hanna Dencik Petersson

Nabil Ahmed: artist, writer and researcher. Recently he has participated in Cuenca Biennale (2014) and the Anthropocene Project (2013-14) at the HKW. He has written for OCA, Third Text, Volume, and Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and many other publications. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. He teaches at the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

Lindsay Bremner: Professor and Director of Architectural Research in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. Bremner is currently engaged in two ongoing research projects: Folded Ocean, investigating sites in the Indian Ocean world being transformed by global mobility, trans-nationalism and climate change, and Geoarchitecture, research into intersections between architecture, geology and politics framed by the wider anthropocene thesis.

Katya Larina: architect and urban designer. Katya has co-directed a series of independent workshops in Russia and she has been an invited expert and guest lecturer at Institute Strelka, the Bartlett and the Architectural Association, London. Katya is co-founder of the research and education project U:Lab.spb, which develops design and analysis tools for critical urban environments of Russian cities.

Dámaso Randulfe: architect, writer and designer. His research is concerned with questions of territorial and environmental conflict as mediated by architecture, material and visual narratives. His current work includes a forthcoming publication and seminar series around Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne. He currently teaches at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog): Unit Masters of Diploma 4 at the Architectural Association, Territorial Agency is an independent organization that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include the Anthropocene Observatory – an international documentary project tracing the emerging thesis of the new man-made age; Museum of Oil; Taiwan Project; the Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North.

In representation of the After Belonging Agency (Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier):  

Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York City–based architect and scholar, and was trained as an architect at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSA Barcelona) and at the Edinburgh College of Art. He graduated with the M.Sc. in advanced architectural design from Columbia GSAPP. Currently he is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, and a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University.

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, and Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, Otero was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. She is a Ph.D. candidate at ETSA Madrid.

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