Surface and Superficiality, Part II: form follows function: Die graffitilose Gesellschaft

form follows function: Die graffitilose Gesellschaft

Surface and Superficiality, Part II

form follows function: Die graffitilose Gesellschaft

Talk with Erich Pick (Artist, D): Embryologische Beherbergungen
Introduction: Diego Castro (Artist, D): Zur Ideologie des Schalensitzes

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 20h
Gitte Bohr - Club für Kunst und politisches Denken im:

West Germany
Skalitzer Str. 133, Berlin-Kreuzberg
U-Bahn "Kottbusser Tor " (U1, U8)
Entrance next to "Effendi Optik, " 2. floor

The evening will take place in the German language!

Gitte Bohr - Club für Kunst und politisches Denken has the pleasure of inviting you to the second part of our series of events Surface and Superficiality. Under the motto Form follows function: Die graffitilose Gesellschaft, we dedicate one evening to discussing the question: under which premises are people allowed to inscribe themselves in their environment? Do they scratch their initials upon the glasshouse in which they sit, or do they, with each slide of their finger over the touch screen, slip further out of this world?

We are happy to welcome the Hamburg-based artist Erich Pick, who will present a talk on biomorphic architecture in our rooms in West Germany on the evening of June 20.

Superficially one could consider curvy respectively biomorphic designs in architecture to be merely reflections of contemporary technological possibilities of production and taste preferences. Erich Pick shows, by means of selected examples by the architect Greg Lynn (distinguished with the Golden Lion at the Architecture Biannual in Venice in 2008) and with the Foucauldian concept of biopolitics, how social relations are not only inscribed in architecture, but that it also contributes to their constitution.

The evening begins with an introductory talk by Diego Castro with the title Zur Ideologie des Schalensitzes. On the occasion of the introduction of the new bucket seats in the metro trains of Berlin, Castro pleads for a resistance against impenetrable surfaces in public design and against the criminalisation of unsolicited inscriptions by the human being upon the world.