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Intermundia: on Ambivalent Territories of "in-Betweenness"Ana Dana Beroš

The Intermundia research project questions alternating border-scapes of trans-European and intra-European migration. The project started with depicting the case of Lampedusa as a metonym of contemporary detention conditions at the entry point to the Fortress Europe. Lampedusa serves as a textbook example of an erased space arising at geopolitical crossroads, where socially and institutionally marginalised communities are being formed. Instead of observing the island of Lampedusa as consolidated institution of “the waiting room”, a jailed zone in the middle of conflict, Intermundia attempts a post-human perspective in order to investigate the ambivalent state of “in-betweenness” and the (im)possibilities of cultural translation. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Dubravka Sekulić, IZK TU Graz.

Ana Dana Beroš is an architect, curator, editor and educator focused on creating environments that catalyze social change. Co-founder of ARCHIsquad—Division for Architecture with Conscience and educational programs Urgent Architecture. Interest in architectural theory and experimental design led her to co-found Think Space and Future Architecture platforms. Her project Intermundia was finalist for the Wheelwright Prize and received a Special Mention at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Currently, she is one of the Actopolis curators, a project that is establishing a transnational test field for urban alternatives extending from Mardin on the border with Syria via Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sarajevo and Zagreb to Oberhausen.

Dubravka Sekulić is an architect and researcher focusing on the topics of transformation of public domain in the contemporary cities, commons and spatial justice, and spatial implications of neoliberal planning. Dubravka exhibited and lectured about her work across the globe, including at aut.innsbruck (AT), Stroom, the Hague (NL), Superfront, Los Angeles (USA), AA, London (UK). She graduated architecture at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, where she was a lecturer. She was an East European Exchange Network fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and a design researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.