in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Should Sites Have Standing? Curating Bio-Relational Spatial Practice
Working in Critical Spatial Practice allows for interdisciplinary exploration of sites, inhabitations, collaborations and contexts in the physical public domain. This practice challenges the ethical and political orders governing cities today, and more recently questions how we design and care for our living environment – that which we live in and that which lives around us. Two recent projects will illustrate the way communities come together around sites and projects that reshape their bonds to Nature (with a capital N). These projects ask to review how do we care for sites after the planetary turn, and which aesthetic sensibilities can we deliver through such curatorial approaches.
Gilly Karjevsky is a curator working at the intersection of art, architecture and the politics of urban society. Her most recent project Climate Care was imagined as a curriculum for Urban Practice at the Floating University Berlin. In 2016 she curated the newest edition of the “Parckdesign” biennale in Brussels under the title “Jardin Essentiel”.Since 2010 she has been co-director of 72 Hour Urban Action, an international rapid architecture competition, with most recent editions in 2018-19 in Germany and Malta. Gilly is founder of the City Artists Residency program a platform for artistic intervention in local politics and currently serves on the international artistic boards of Tohu Magazine and ArtCube – a municipal studios residency program in Jerusalem. Formerly she acted as associate curator at the Bat-Yam Biennial for Landscape Urbanism in 2011-12, and 2013-15 she co-curated “Glocal Neighbours” – an ongoing program for inter-neighbourhood knowledge exchange, in collaboration with the Israeli centre for Digital Art, and it’s subsequent international conference “The neighborhood as Global Arena”. Gilly holds an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins college in London.