The current ecological, economic, social, and political crises point to a deeper ontological crisis: We are experiencing a transition from the hegemonic paradigms of modernity to a more fluid configuration of value systems. The artistic practice of Valentina Karga—which she calls “Designing Simulations as Art”—addresses this radical shift and experiments with the creation of social structures that allow for difference and sustainable forms of communal existence. Strongly process-oriented, her work often generates collective actions through the engagement of specific communities. In this talk, Karga will presents a selection of past projects and share about her current research interest in prehistoric matriarchal societies and early representations of the anthropos (the human being).
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
The artistic practice of Valentina Karga (b. 1986, Greece) spans the fields of architecture, socially engaged art, and performance. Interested in creating alternatives to existing societal and pedagogical structures, Karga designs conceptual infrastructures that encourage engagement and participation to facilitate practices of commoning and sustainability. Her works have been presented at the inaugural Thailand Biennale (2018-19); transmediale, Berlin, Germany (2016), and Athens Biennale, Greece (2013). She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary, transnational, and nomadic community that works in the intersections of art, architecture, and the social realm and is currently Professor for introduction to artistic work in Design at HFBK Hamburg, Germany.
Image caption: Valentina Karga, Coming Community, handmade bricks, various construction materials, installation view, Thailand Biennale, 2018. Photo: Thailand Biennale Catalogue Photographers.