From Continuous Flow to Prepaid Drops

In the framework of the competition Out of Balance. Critique of the Present organized by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and magazine ARCH+ , unequal access to water in Medellín (Colombia) has been observed and visualized through lenses of critical cartography and urban political ecology. Research shows in detail how the transnationalisation of the a public water company allters patterns of water access at the local level.

Coop with Marcela Lopez (FU Berlin) and Juan Naranjo

PUF at ARCH+

Article > Ein Grundrecht auf Wasser ? Vom stetigen Fluss zu vorausbezahlten Tropfen, ARCH+ 213 ; Out of Balance-Kritik der Gegenwart, with Marcela Lopez and Juan Esteban Naranjo, December 2013

Die seit den 1980er Jahren in Lateinamerika zu beobachtende Wende zu einer neoliberalen Politik hat die soziale Ungleichheiten in der Gestaltung der städtischen Wasserlandschaft (re)produziert. Dieses wirtschaftspolitische Modell behauptet, marktorientierte Praktiken und Privateigentum seien unabdingbare Voraussetzungen für eine adäquate Wasserversorgung der ständig wachsenden Stadtbevölkerung. Trotz der weit verbreiteten marktorientierten Reformen steht der Kontinent weiterhin vor dem ethischen Dilemma, wie man in den städtischen Ballungsgebieten die Wasserversorgung für Haushalte mit geringem Einkommen verbessern kann…

PUF at Objective Dialogues Y-table publication

Booklet > Objective Dialogues Y-table, A Manual for Collaborative Narration, with Alex Head and Jan Bovelet, September 2013

‘The Objective Dialogues Y-Table consisted of a three way, Y-shaped table with 4 analytical examination stations, a display system, examination sheets, audio recorders and a facilitator. The examination stations refer to classical scientific methods in order to question the contemporary alliances between scientific research and the arts. This is equally indicated by the title of the project: Objective Dialogues are not objective but about objects’

more about project > Objective Dialogues

applied methodology > Festiwalla 2013 

purchase publication > In Print : OD

PUF at REMAKE Festival

Workshop > Carrito Cultural Berlin? , REMAKE Festival, Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin, 11-15.09.2013.

Introductory lecture gave an overview of ParaArtFormations activities, focusing on the project Carrito Cultural. After general concept/toolbox has been discussed with festival participants, we moved through all RE: stations in order to build a prototype collectively. Process has been seen as coop-work between festival participants and ‘maker experts’, built on the initial intention of the Carrito Cultural project.

 

PUF at Tallinn Architecture Biennial (TAB) 2013

Booklet > JUST Sleeping District? Lazdynai for Lunatics, Vilnius, August 2013

JUST Sleeping District? Lazdynai for Lunatics is the practical element of the course “The Production of Space in the Digital Age” on the Masters of Critical Urban Studies at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. The course explores both the potential that digital mapping technologies offer for critical studies of spatial issues, and also considers how digital technologies are impacting on ways of perceiving, managing and experiencing spaces.

Project has been presented at Tallinn Architecture Biennial 2013

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PUF at PEAR magazine

Article > From a Patchwork of Territories to a Network of Collective Spaces , PEAR magazine (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research), Issue 5: Medellín Through a Kaleidoscope, London, January 2013.

The radical transformation of Medellín’s cityscape has been recognised internationally, through dramatic pictures of cable-cars flying over shantytowns, spectacular Library Parks designed by prominent architects and most recently the installation of a public escalator in the most violent barrio of the city. Furthermore, the Medellín-model has become a desirable path of development for many Latin American cities, embedded in social inequality, weak infrastructure and high rates of criminality.

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PUF at Contesting Space_FA BUT Brno

Lecture > Alternative Infrastructures of the Post-Political City / Faculty of Architecture Brno_ October 2012

As a part of the Lecture Series under the title Contesting Space-Architecture as a Social Practice, PUF had a chance to present diverse ways of building alternative infrastructures, in order to oppose current situation in which majority is excluded from the urban governance. Beyond political protests, pranks and social-media driven gatherings, lecture had aim to reposition architect as a responsible person in the struggle for political in the public arena and to see potentials of performative planning for creation of collective knowledge.Particular focus has been given to formation of alternative cultural platforms, tools for tactical urbanism and offline-communication devices.

PUF Remix_Carrito Cultural-Dia de Playita_video

Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 2012, in collaboration with El Puente_Lab

Cultural activation of the Medellín River has been under agenda of the project Carrito Cultural (mobile cultural infrastructure), exploring potential of tactical interventions at particular spots in order to change citizen’s perceptions of the abandoned and hardly accessible area right in the middle of the vibrant metropolis. By inviting street-artist collective Deúniti to paint large-scale mural at the one of the river sedimentations, atmosphere of the conventional city-beach has been staged, involving homeless people that live at the location and inviting random citizens that use the river occasionally for the bike-based recreation. After capturing this unusual situation, local percussion collective Alibombo has borrowed us sound background produced at the car’s cemetery.

PUF at European Humanities University (EHU)_ Vilnius

Open Lecture > Emerging Critical Cartography: Activists mapping and Collective Knowledge_Vilnius_May 2012.

The lecture introduced the concept of critical cartography in the digital and internet era, focusing on collaborative mapping strategies and diversification of mapping agents, as well as experimental activist/artistic drawings. The idea of the formation of collective knowledge through mapping was elaborated by introducing strategies of counter-mapping, networks-mapping and crisis-mapping.

PUF at round table_Climate Change as Social Challenge

Inability of Master Plan (based on infinite growth) to deal with the climate change asks for the socio-cultural shift and micro-urbanism strategies. Alternative infrastructures in the form of offline sharing, crowd-based finance models or low-tech energy producers, appear as a creative answer to urban uncertainties. PUF presented new forms of planning based on resources-sharing, DIY culture and self-made infrastructures, with an aim to provoke discussion about non-technocratic ways to deal with the climatic turbulence.

Goethe Institute Belgrade, December 2011.

PUF Remix_Pequeños Empoderamientos_video

Medellin, Colombia, Nov. 2011

In the shadow of current Medellin’s megaprojects plenty of small-scale initiatives have grown, offering alternative socio-cultural developments. Those critical approaches in the form of resistance and proactive interventionalism question current urban development mechanisms based on control and exclusion of the majority. Environmental activism, new forms of participation, alternative education or crowd-based cultural jamming represent diverse ways to construct collective spaces, quite the opposite to idea of creating territories. This movie tries to trace a variety of self-generated initiatives and contrast them with over-scaled plans of municipality by putting forward the perception of kids, cyclist movement and local artists.

PUF at Lo Doy Porque Quiero (I give because I want)

November 2011, Calle9, Medellin (Colombia)

Lecture > Tiny Empowerments_Berlin case

Art interventions in the public space became important part of the urban communications. In the city of Berlin, cultural developments that contrast “creative industries” generate plenty of alternative spaces and micro-entrepreneurs with social responsibility. Beside the administrative curtain, cultural funds and patrons, those networks are establishing new labour forms empowered by information and communication technologies.

After introducing some case studies from Berlin as a sort of inspiration, together with the short movie Pequeños Empoderamientos (Tiny Empowerments), open discussion about situation in Medellin took place together with local artists and activists.

PUF Remix_Jamming Underused Socialist Treasures_video

October 2011, in collaboration with Critical Urbanism Lab

Both the form and content of the J.U.S.T. project are motivated by a desire to counter one of the effects of globalization, particularly visible in, though by no means limited to, Eastern Europe. This is the sense that development is only possible when international capital is interested in investing in a particular site. The challenge of the J.U.S.T. project is to reverse this logic – can jamming spaces on a local level act as a catalyst for urban transformations aiming at greater social justice? Urban interventions have long been utilized in critical or artistic approaches.What this project aims to do is test their potential for providing alternative development strategies for underused spaces without flirting with power structures.

PUF Remix_Making Visible_video

August 2011, video director & editing Julia Kloiber

Making-visible is a prerequisite for collective knowledge – and each mode of production makes their own, be it through visual or other channels. AXP C4 aims to question the differences and similarities between science and the plastic arts in terms of making-visible. In a playful examination of the scientific format of the conference, work and interventions are seen through open debates about science, art and architectural production. In itself a specific format of making-visible, the video at the same time documents what happened on occasion of C4 and shapes the retrospective perception of the event.

PUF at MONU Magazine

Article The Digital Habitat and Urban Editing as Emerging Practice, with Jan Bovelet, MONU Magazine #14 (Editing Urbanism), April 2011

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Despite the current urgency to deal with the enormous potential of the already existing urban material as Urban Editors, there seems still to be an enormous lack of interest in topics such as urban and architectural restoration, preservation, renovation, redevelopment, renewal or adaptive reuse of old structures among architects and urban designers. But ignorance in this matter can only be dismissed as socially irresponsible and economically and culturally unacceptable. But what might be the reason for the prevailing ignorance? Who is to blame? Why is Urban Editing considered to be so utterly unattractive?


PUF at The Anxious Prop Feuillton

Article OpenStreetMap as empowering tool for collective visualizations, in The Anxious Prop / Case 4, Reviewing Making-Visible, March 2011

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PUF Remix_Wrecking Pendulum_video

Jan 2011, collaboration with  Jan Bovelet

As an object that has been constructed to be destroyed, Wrecking Pendulum contains complex geometrical patterns in the prototyping and digital fabrication phase and is constituted by its performative character rooted in the idea of the prop in theater and film. Questioning production of space through the idea of producing site-specific knowledge, the project asked for the incorporation of cultural memory and existing social landscape at Alexanderplatz as crucial factors in the formation of the new, as opposed to top-down imposed and economic driven urban morphologies.

In co-opearation with video artists Julia Kloiber and Christoph&Stephan Hartmann and audio artist Anatol Sirous the analytical visual documentation of the temporal exhibition project was developed into a small new project of its own.

PUF at Conference Climate Change as Social Challenge

Climate change has been heavily discussed from the meteorological, political or technical perspective. However, existing social change caused by shift in environment seems to be marginalized and put at the bottom of priority list.

PUF presented unconventional ways of dealing with climate change, following grass-roots initiatives, micro-ecosystems of local communities and increasing number of artists interested in this topic.

Goethe Institute Belgrade, October 2010

PUF at The Anxious Prop Feuilltons

Article Wrecking Pendulum, in The Anxious Prop, Case 2, Have Balls (Eccentric)

Article Black Swan Spaces, in The Anxious Prop, Case 3, The Black Swan Issue

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PUF at UN Urbanism book

…Cities are often the central battlefields of modern wars, resulting in the massive destruction of urban structures. In processes of reconstruction, international actors initiate urban transformation in very different regions of the world, using strikingly similar patterns. But which concepts of the city do these interventions follow? Is there a special global mode of urbanisation in post-war cities, a “UN urbanism”? Using the examples of two post-war cities—Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Kabul (Afghanistan)—this book aims to tackle the question of how the institutions and activities of the international community influence newly emerging daily city life…

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