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RCA talks

Kiruna Forever: Carlos Minguez Carrasco

25 November 2020 | 6pm – 7pm

This event will be live-streamed via Zoom.


Join the School of Architecture for Carlos Minguez Carrasco's lecture Kiruna Forever. Carlos is an architect and curator based in Stockholm. He is the Head Curator at ArkDes – the Swedish National Centre for Architecture and Design.

This will be followed by a conversation with Ines Weizman, Guillermo Ruiz, Eleni Han and special guests.

This is a public online event via Zoom webinar and will be recorded.

Architectures of the New Curatorial

This lecture series was initiated and organised by Eleni Han and Guillermo Ruiz with the support of Ines Weizman.

This lecture series invites speakers to reflect on the recent challenges to curatorial practices, particularly concerning an arguably new kind of architecture for research that has gained urgency during the recent pandemic. On the one hand, the pandemic revealed even further the systemic inequality intersecting multiple layers of society, but also affecting the concept of the museum and exhibition-making platforms. On the other hand, the conceptualisation of the exhibition space expanded rapidly into the digital realm. This lecture series aims to reflect on these “architectures of the new curatorial”, inviting curators, architects and researchers who have recently produced exhibitions, or are developing work concerned with the intersectional and transnational politics of their research as a form of counter-institution. It also aims to explore how they are engaging in the changing relation between analogue space and digital media. This lecture series looks to the practice of curating as research as a way to build new understandings of institutions while destabilizing established ones. 

The lectures and conversations will discuss three main issues: One looks at current museum practices that address their problematic histories and institutional forms and protocols. For some institutions, this has meant a process of collective reckoning that questions their legacies, the financing of their buildings and governing structures, their endowed chairs celebrating histories of oppression, or their exhibition practices perpetuating discrimination based on race or gender. The second looks at models of new curatorial research in architecture that helps engender feminist, anti-racist, decolonial modes of counter-institutional practices. Approaching these issues with a focus on their architectures and temporality, the conversations in this series will examine concepts of research that aim to expand their cooperation with local partners and alternative constituencies to go beyond the actual event of an exhibition. The third looks at the potential of digital media and exhibition design to connect new audiences and ideas. It will look at what is gained and what is lost in that translation and in the politics of these technologies, as well as how conditions of precarity and exploitation are reframed and transformed when migrating to the digital realm.

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is an architect and curator based in Stockholm. He is Head Curator at ArkDes – the Swedish National Centre for Architecture and Design. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, in 2006 he co-founded PKMN, an architects' collective focusing on the role of the citizen in the design of contemporary cities through the use of performances and exhibitions. He expanded his studies graduating from the MSc in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. From 2012 until 2017 he was Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, where he organized, among other projects, Storefront’s 30th Anniversary exhibition and conference BEING (2013), Letters to the Mayor (2014-2018), and World Wide Storefront (2014), as well as being the Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Independently, he organized the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale with the After Belonging Agency, and developed a research around the use of performance by architects presented in a publication and a conference held in Performa 17 with the title “Making Room for Action”. At ArkDes, he was the curator in-house of Flying Panels (2019) and has recently curated the exhibition Kiruna Forever (2020). His texts have been published in different journals and catalogues and he is editor of various publications, including After Belonging: Objects, Spaces and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016), OfficeUS Manual (Lars Müller Publishers, 2017) Bodybuilding: Architecture and Performance (Performa, 2019), and Kiruna Forever (ArkDes and Arkitektur Förlag, 2020). Mínguez Carrasco was Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP, and has lectured in different universities and cultural centers in Europe, Latin America, and the US.

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