11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium 2009 - Call for Papers

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"An acephalous power has superseded imperialism, if we can believe Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. This new world order that they call ‘Empire’ transgresses all the inherited divisions of political thought, such as state and society, war and peace, control and freedom, core and periphery. It is a diffuse Foucauldian network of economic, military, political, cultural and social power, “in a permanent state of emergency and exception justified by the appeal to essential values [...].” The decentered and deterritorializing Empire rules through biopolitics, a form of power that regulates social life from within, directly affecting the minds and bodies of the citizens via media, machines and social practices.

The 11th International Bauhaus Colloquium in April 2009 in Weimar asks how architecture responds to the Empire.

The Bauhaus Colloquia are the oldest and most esteemed conferences on architectural theory in the German speaking world. The last five meetings – Power (1993), Technofiction (1996), Global Village (1999), Medium Architecture (2003) and The Reality of the Imaginary (2007) – have focused on the effect of changing social and technological conditions on the practice of architecture. The next colloquium will take on the political challenges of our world." to find out more...

Passage from http://www.uni-weimar.de/cms/en/university/faculty-of-architecture/lecturers/

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