Exhibition / Searching for an Ideal Urbanity / Stuttgart

Among others the exhibition Searching for an Ideal Urbanity at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart is presenting the project Call me now! by SMAQ supported by From/To Europe that is based on the research of moblie phones in Brazzaville and Kinshasa.

When the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre criticized urbanism as an authoritarian and immediately-antiquated controlling practice in the 1970s, he suggested observing the “urban condition” – his term for the time’s shift in the social economic and therefore also urban space – as a complex, independent and unstable network of relationships. Which forms of urbanity have developed in the present? How is the “urban condition” influenced by the local context? How are traditions reflected in it? Is the (public) space the gauge for deciphering change? Because the image of the ideal city as we know it from the renaissance is increasingly dissolving, a new concept of urbanity could function as an instrument for our survival. The exhibition Searching for an Ideal Urbanity is conceived as an initial experiment as a platform for exchanging ideas of the topic with contributions from the areas of architecture, visual arts, design, literature and music.


Initiatiated by Fabrizio Gallanti (Architect, Italy) and Jean-Baptiste Joly, participants: Sarnath Banerjee (Author, India), Dafne Berc/Luciano Basauri (Architects, Croatia), Sanford Biggers (Artist, USA), Susanne Bürner (Artist, Germany), Karin Damrau (Architect, Germany), Seung Pyo Hong (Designer, Südkorea), Dagmar Keller/Martin Wittwer (Artists, Germany), Korpys/Löffler mit Achim Bertenburg (Artist, Germany), Daniel Kunle (Film maker, Germany), Q Takeki Maeda/Jay Chung (Artist, Germany), Andrea Melloni (Composer, Germany), Vlad Nanca (Artist, Rumania), Ligia Nobre (Architect, Brazil) and Paola Salerno (Photographer, Italy), Marzena Nowak (Artist, Poland), Zoran Pantelic (Artist, Serbia), Patricia Reed (Artist, Kanada/Germany), Henrietta Rose-Innes (Writer, South Africa), Alexander Schellow (Artist, Germany), SMAQ (Architects, Netherlands/Germany) with From/To Europe, Ulrike Syha (Writer, Germany), Krassimir Terziev (Artist, Bulgaria), Cobi van Tonder (Composer, South Africa), Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (Architect, USA), Annett Zinsmeister (Architect and artist, Germany).

Opening: March 29, 2007, 20:00
Exhibition: March 30 – May 13, 2007
Hours: Tue-Thu 10-12, 14-17:30; Fri 10-12, 14-16, Sat-Sun 12-17:30
May 3, 2007, 20:00 lecture “Use of the term urbanity in German architecture of the past twenty years” by Matthias Sauerbruch
May 4, 2007, 10:00-18:00 workshop “Building Urbanity” with Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jean-François Chevrier, SMAQ, Fabrizio Gallanti and others
Akademie Schloss Solitude
Solitude 3, 70197 Stuttgart, Germany


Call me now!


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