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2019-11-25 [ ]

PLATFORM AUSTRIA Austrian Pavilion / Biennale Architettura 2020 / Opening Events



Digital platforms have become part of everyday life. They effortlessly promise us the ability to lead a self-determined, efficient and exciting life. However, their triumphant march across the globe is causing the disappearance of not only “outdated” infrastructure but also the forms of social organisation and relationships associated with them. This shift in values is particularly evident in the current planning of new city districts. Who will determine the relationship between public and private spheres in the future? What purpose do cities serve? Is everything, including architecture, now being driven by the provision of quick pleasures?

These are the questions posed by the project PLATFORM AUSTRIA developed by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, the curators of the Austrian contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2020. The point of departure here is the observation that the direct and indirect collaboration of users, the number of whom should be as large as possible, forms a crucial resource in the development of platforms. It follows that we as users should assert our right to a wide-ranging discussion about our role – as participating or excluded actors – in this new form of city production. This discussion is being initiated by two lectures followed discussions with the audience to be held at the Architekturzentrum Wien and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer cordially invite you to the opening events:

25 November 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Architekturzentrum Wien – Podium, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Douglas Spencer: “Instantiating Opportunism: Architecture, Neoliberalism and the Archaeology of the Platform”

26 November 2019, 7-9 p.m.
University of Applied Arts Vienna – Auditorium, Vordere Zollamtstraße 7, 1030 Vienna
Ross Exo Adams: “Speculative Imperalism in the Age of Natural Violence”