Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer
research and writings on art, architecture and politics


RESEARCH


OTHER MARKETS
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Mapping typologies and conditions of informality:
How informal markets intersect with global governance



NETWORKED CULTURES
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The struggle for new forms of artistic practice in an era of global deregulation



WORLD OF MATTER
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An ecological view on resource politics



SEA OF MARBLE
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Looking out to the sea: A navigational convergence on the imaginary and the realities of the sea




EXHIBITIONS

World of Matter
@ HMKV Dortmund
@ James Gallery New York
@ Ellen Gallery Montreal


Networked Cultures -
documentary


Gunners & Runners


Trading Places


Networked Cultures


Gone City


Temporary Zones


Operation Desert


You'll Never Walk Alone





thresholds
no 30, summer 2005
Cambridge (MA): MIT, ISSN 1091-711X
thresholds.mit.edu

microcosms
edited by Mechthild Widrich

with contributions by Nikki Moore, Jacky Bowring, Paolo Soleri, Z. Pamela Karimi, Olga Touloumi, Susmita Mohanty & Barbara Imhof, Azra Aksamija, Marianthi Liapi & Susanne Seitinger, Daniel Barber, Itohan Osayimwese, Wolfgang Sonne, Peter Mörtenböck, Edward Levine and Mark Jarzombek




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Freerunning and the Hugged City
Peter Mörtenböck



Editorial

The platonic concept of a systemic connection between our individual being and the world as a whole has shaped the contours of mysticism, alchemy, philosophy, aesthetics and the arts throughout history. Even though in classical thought, a microcosm is primarily defined as a self-enclosed and monadic sphere, it is imagined to have a crucial relationship to the outside. This interaction has been described either as a homologous relationship between internal patterns and outside forces, or alternatively, as one in which a system follows its own logic independent of the outside.

The model of the microcosm has gained new relevance in the current modes of globalization. To counter the homogeneity implied by their global geo-economic operations, multinational corporations are more than willing to present microcosmic identities as possibilities of individualistic escape. What critical potential does the idea of the microcosm hold in this realm? Does the opposition between a global enclosure and microcosmic systems still offer a productive line of thinking, or is the global/local dialectic defunct? How have art and architectural practices participated in staging or undermining the idea of microcosm and its associated ideologies throughout history?




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BOOKS

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OCCUPY:
Räume des Protests
Space (Re)Solutions:
Intervention and Research in Visual Culture
Netzwerk Kultur:
Die Kunst der Verbindung in einer globalisierten Welt
Zwischen Architektur und Psychoanalyse
Networked Cultures:
Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space
Cruising:
Architektur, Psychoanalyse und Queer Cultures
Visuelle Kultur:
körper, räume, medien
Die virtuelle Dimension:
Architektur, Subjektivität und Cyberspace