Archive for April, 2008

Conversation between Thierry Nlandu, Marjetica Potrc, Ute Meta Bauer

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The contrast between Thierry Nlandu’s and Marjetica Potrc’s approaches made this conversation particularly intriguing. Thierry focused on building dialog and critique within the community about the larger democratic system within which the citizens are a part. He points out that while a large number of the participants in his program are illiterate, all participants have the most important skills needed to participate in democracy, that is the ability to “see, judge, and act.” Marjetica Potrc, on the other hand, focused on the ways in which communities fragment or “pixelate” finding alternative configurations outside of larger governing structures.

Dr. John Tirman on the Human Cost of War in Iraq

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Dr. John Tirman joined a conversation with David Small at Zones of Emergency on March 10. Dr. Tirman, the Executive Director of MIT’s Center for International Studies, will speak about the website Iraq: The Human Cost. The conversation brought up issues relating to the aesthetic and social issues surrounding the communication and representation of emergency situations.

Thierry Nlandu on Participatory Democracy

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Thierry Nlandu joined Marjetica Potrc at the Zones of Emergency event on April 14 in Bartos Theater. Thierry gave an amazing talk about his project Picture Book on Participatory Democracy: An Art’s Act of Resistance against Facade Democracy that is intended to incite dialog about participatory democracy among the people in and around Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He offered this description:

The picture book is meant to offer a didactic tool to the different organisations that, in DRC struggle to inform citizens and help them to build a democracy that will refuse to be a façade democracy to offer a better future to this rich nation. A didactic tool, the present picture book is an act of resistance against a democratic process made of elections only and so called free democratic institutions without any democratic praxis or culture.

Marjetica Potrc on Frontier Power

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Marjetica Potrc joined Thierry Nlandu in conversation at the Zones of Emergency event on April 14. Marjetica spoke about her research in three areas: the Western Balkans (LHE), the Amazonian state of Acre and the city of New Orleans. She argues that “the territory of the body and the structures that shelter it are … at the core of the existential concerns of contemporary society. From there, new citizenships are articulated, an example being patterns on painted facades in Tirana, Albania.”

Marjetica Potrc, Thierry Nlandu on Democracy + Access @ 6pm in Bartos Theater

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Thierry Nlandu & Marjetica Potrc

Next Monday, April 14, 2008, Zones of Emergency will host talks by Marjetica Potrc and Thierry Nlandu in a Bartos Theater at the MIT Media Lab starting at 6pm.

Playwright, activist and founder of Le Group Amos, Thierry Nlandu, will talk about Picture Book on Participatory Democracy - An Art’s Act of Resistance against Facade Democracy, a project that informs citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and help them build a democracy that extends beyond national elections to everyday life, praxis and culture.

Marjetica Potrc will give a talk entitled Frontier Power comparing three of her recent research projects: the Western Balkans (LHE), the Amazonian state of Acre in western Brazil, and the city of New Orleans. She will address how the breakdown of twentieth-century modernism is followed by territorialization, which stops at the final frontiers of the human body and the structures that shelter it.

Mel Chin

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Tomorrow night at 6:30pm, Mel Chin will speak at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT.

Preeminent conceptual sculptor and installation artist Mel Chin visits the Center April 7-9th. On Monday he will screen his new animated film, 9/11-9/11, 2007, which juxtaposes the events of Sept 11th 1973 and 2001. He’ll also introduce Fundred, 2008, a major new public project that brings attention to lead levels in neighborhoods of New Orleans through a massive national mobilization of artistic labor. During his visit, he’ll meet with faculty and students in urban studies, mechanical engineering, systems design, and data visualization to discuss projects in development.