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Title [sv]
Rum, makt och ideologi
Title [en]
Space, Power, and Ideology
Abstract [en]
Through an investigation relating to the concepts of power, space, and ideology, the project aspires to determine central aspects of what a critical theory of architecture and the visual arts could mean today. This comprises a genealogy of the philosophical condition for critical theory today, which must transcend the parameters defined by the classical Frankfurt School, in order to understand contemporary artistic practices. Central problem facing such a theory relate to the status of affectivity and resistance, in a society that has been defined as a “society of control” (Deleuze), or a society based in “noopolitics” (Maurizio Lazzarato). This first part looks particularly at the concept of ideology, in two historical moments: the emergence of the concept in the shift between the 18th and 19th century, and the way its basis in a philosophy of subjectivity has been questioned since the 1960s. These current debates largely draw on theoretical and ideological displacements that took place in the late 60s, and eventually ushered in the concept “postmodernism.” In the second part of the project, the emergence of this term will be analyzed in the context of architectural discourse, but also with respect to the image and media industries that increasingly have come to dominate the general view of architecture, and in relation to the conception of the market that formed the implicit basis for many of these ideas. The questioning of the classical form of critical theory has also in recent years informed a significant amount of alternative architectural practices, which attempt to define a different site for architectural production. On the basis of several case studies, the project will examine the scope and possibilities of such practices, which are often local, but also attempt to define a new idea of globality. In attempting to redraw the boundaries of architecture, these practices often come close to similar practices in contemporary art, and the fourth part of the project will look at exhibition making, both in relation to the past and to its present possibilities, as a point of intersection between art and architecture.
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Lindstrand, T. & Nilsson, H. (2017). Solid Flows. Architecture and Culture, 5(2), 297-314
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Solid Flows
2017 (English)In: Architecture and Culture, ISSN 2050-7828, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 297-314Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
architecture, alternative movements, neo-liberalism, punk
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31212 (URN)10.1080/20507828.2017.1325266 (DOI)000417345400010 ()2-s2.0-85045854356 (Scopus ID)1559/42/2011 (Local ID)1559/42/2011 (Archive number)1559/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A010-2011
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2020-07-15Bibliographically approved
West, K. (2017). The Exhibitionary Complex: Exhibition, Apparatus, and Media from Kulturhuset to the Centre Pompidou, 1963–1977. (Doctoral dissertation). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Exhibitionary Complex: Exhibition, Apparatus, and Media from Kulturhuset to the Centre Pompidou, 1963–1977
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation traces the history of a diagram. The diagram shows four circles of gradually diminishing sizes, lodged one inside the other, like the layers of a circular or spherical body. For a group of artists, curators, architects, and activists centered around Moderna Museet in Stockholm between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s, the diagram represented a new type of museum: a museological Information Center modeled on the computer, operating as a site for radically democratic social experiments. The four layers stood for different functions: information capture, processing, interface, storage; or, put differently: social spaces and media resources, workshop floors, exhibition facilities, collection.

Through close readings of a series of exhibitions and institutional projects in Sweden, the US, and France, this dissertation follows the development of this diagram: its prehistory and formulation, its different implementations, and its direct and indirect effects. It studies Moderna Museet’s original, unrealized project for Kulturhuset in Stockholm, according to which the museum should project its dynamic energies across the city center, serving as a “catalyst for the active forces in society”. It discusses the museum’s confrontation with digital technologies in the late 1960s, through pioneering museological organizations such as the Museum Computer Network in New York. It analyzes the exhibition formats developed in correspondence with the notion of the museum as a “vast experimental laboratory” and a “broadcasting station”: the exhibition as critical information pattern, as tele-commune. And it studies the diagram’s afterlife as one of the models informing the Centre Pompidou in Paris, during that project’s early phases.

The Exhibitionary Complex reads these endeavors and visions as attempts to devise a critical understanding of the exhibitionary apparatus in relation to new information environments and media systems. It sheds light on a largely forgotten aspect of the exhibitionary, museological, and cultural history of the late twentieth century, in Sweden and internationally. But it also seeks to establish new models for grasping the exhibition’s singularity and potentials as a cultural and media technological form, in relation to the emergence of new information networks, as they exert increasing control over social, cultural, and political existence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017. p. 359
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 130Södertörn Studies in Art History and Aesthetics ; 4
Keywords
Modern and contemporary art exhibitions, modern and contemporary art museums, apparatus, dispositif, exhibitionary complex, exhibition history, museology, media archaeology, aesthetics, Moderna Museet, Kulturhuset, Centre Pompidou, Museum Computer Network, Filialen
National Category
Arts
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32143 (URN)1559/42/2011 (Local ID)978-91-87843-76-1 (ISBN)978-91-87843-77-8 (ISBN)1559/42/2011 (Archive number)1559/42/2011 (OAI)
Public defence
2017-03-24, MB503, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A010-2011
Available from: 2017-03-03 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. & Lindstrand, T. (2016). Sous les Pavés, les Pavés. Hjärnstrom (123-124), 44-50
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sous les Pavés, les Pavés
2016 (English)In: Hjärnstrom, ISSN 0348-6958, no 123-124, p. 44-50Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kulturföreningen Hjärnstorm, 2016
Keywords
Public sphere, architecture
National Category
Architecture Art History
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31210 (URN)1559/42/2011 (Local ID)1559/42/2011 (Archive number)1559/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A010-2011
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2020-07-15Bibliographically approved
Lindstrand, T. & Nilsson, H. (2015). I mitt hus där jag bor. Hjärnstorm (122), 2-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I mitt hus där jag bor
2015 (Swedish)In: Hjärnstorm, ISSN 0348-6958, no 122, p. 2-10Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kulturföreningen Hjärnstorm, 2015
Keywords
architecture, public sphere, suburbs
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31209 (URN)1559/42/2011 (Local ID)1559/42/2011 (Archive number)1559/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A010-2011
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2020-07-15Bibliographically approved
Lindstrand, T. & Nilsson, H. (2014). Staging Subversive Opportunism in the Age of Feedback Loop. Paper presented at Subversive Opportunism, Architektüros Fondas, Tallin 2014. ALF : Architektüros Fondas (04)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Staging Subversive Opportunism in the Age of Feedback Loop
2014 (English)In: ALF : Architektüros Fondas, no 04Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tallin, Lithuania: Architektüros Fondas, 2014
Keywords
contemporary architecture architecture theory
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26733 (URN)1559/42/2011 (Local ID)1559/42/2011 (Archive number)1559/42/2011 (OAI)
Conference
Subversive Opportunism, Architektüros Fondas, Tallin 2014
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A010-2011
Available from: 2015-03-22 Created: 2015-03-22 Last updated: 2020-07-15Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorLindstrand, Tor
Co-InvestigatorNilsson, Håkan
Co-InvestigatorMattsson, Helena
Principal InvestigatorWallenstein, Sven-Olov
Co-InvestigatorWest, Kim
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2012-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Keywords [sv]
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Keywords [en]
Baltic and East European studies
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1701Project, id: A010-2011_OSS

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