Elke Krasny: The Playground in Feminist and Decolonial Thought



2 October

16:00 – 18:00

ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Maridalsveien 3, Oslo

Organiser ROM and Oslo National Academy of the Arts

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Photo: Moira Zoitl: Gerüst, antiautoritär ((Frame/anti-authoritarian). Installation view, Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig, 2014

With the general neoliberalization of life all work and no play has shifted to all play is work. Given the Oslo Triennale’s radical suggestion of linking new forms of play to the concept of degrowth, it is of interest to reflect on how taking back play can, our could, be a viable form of resistance against the biopolitical paradigm of neoliberal capitalism and its exhausting 24/7 ideology.

Historically, the playground developed as a pedagogical site not merely dedicated to children’s play, but much rather teaching children the right way of playing. This lecture focuses on uses of the playground in both literal and figurative terms. Who’s taking the children to the playground while parents are at work? Which parts of the world are considered their playground by those who are in power? How can we start envisioning or dreaming new forms of play given the historically gendered and racialized ideas of the playground?

Elke Krasny, PhD, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her scholarship focuses on critical practices in architecture, urbanism, and art addressing ecology, economy, labor, memory, and feminisms. Her exhibition Hands-on Urbanism. The Right to Green was shown at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Edited volumes include Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet with Angelika Fitz (MIT Press, 2019), and In Reserve! The Household with Regina Bittner (Spector Books, 2016). Recent essays include ‘Citizenship and the Museum: On Feminist Acts’ (2017), and ‘Divided We Share: On the Ethics and Politics of Public Space’ (2019). Read more.

The event might be photographed/filmed for public use.