© Kulturforum, Photo: Sandra Bartoli

The City’s Natural and Human Histories


Lecture Sandra Bartoli | 15.01.2018 | CANCELLED TODAY

Lecture is postponed - new date will be announced.

There is something inevitable and obvious in the powerful quality of a map to produce a new system of meanings for a city. Rather than being a mere abstraction of reality, such a map channels one’s perception, ultimately changing the physical reality of the environment. On the other hand, there is an exciting sense of captivation and a feeling of deep estrangement in seeing ancient traces of the future in random daily encounters with the city: urban fragments of plans from another time and reminders of potential trajectories still in progress. Maps and urban artifacts and spaces are all scripts of reality that work from different dimensions, in an ambiguity that is open-ended and freeing.

This fifth lecture will talk about maps and encounters that recount a specific story of the city and a city to come. This ranges from the biotope map of West Berlin and its tremendous ecological fieldwork, and glowing oases of concrete and destruction, to transgressive models leading to the construction of the most urban, public, and natural places for all species.

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The City's Natural History


Sandra Bartoli | Lecture Series 2017|18

The City’s Future Natural History | Winterterm 2017|18
Sandra Bartoli holds the Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, funded by the City of Vienna.

The endowed professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities (“City Culture and Open Space“) financed by the City of Vienna, was installed in 2015 within the study programs of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It has the objective to artistically, radically and poetically bring forward the debate on city and architecture. The teaching and research beholden with the endowed professorship focuses on the formulation of radical and visionary concepts regarding urban space. A further goal is to intensify the exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer between the city of Vienna and the Institute for Art and Architecture.

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The City’s Future Natural History


Sandra Bartoli | Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2017|18

This series is composed of five lectures in 2017|18:

Lecture_1: 30.10. | Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression

Lecture_2: 13.11. | Sun, Shit, Compost, and Air

Lecture_3: 27.11. | Worlds of Animals and Humans

Lecture_4: 11.12. | The City's Ecology: Dirt and the Garbage Tree

Lecture_5: 15.01. | The City’s Natural and Human Histories


all lectures start at 7pm

IKA Forum / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna