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Para-Platforms - On the Spatial Politics of Right-Wing Populism

Markus Miessen Zoe Ritts Mahmoud Keshavarz Angela Nagle

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Sternberg Press
15 May 2019
Theory of art; Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies
An investigation of the social, spatial, and material reality of right-wing populism.

Para-Platforms investigates the social, spatial, and material reality of right-wing populism. Three case studies--presented in a symposium organized by Markus Miessen at the Gothenburg Design Festival in November 2017--form the core from which this collection of essays has grown: journalist Hannes Grassegger on Trump and Brexit; architectural theorist Stephan Truby on spaces of right-wing extremism in Germany; and Christina Varvia on Forensic Architecture's investigation of the murder of Halit Yozgat, a young German man of Turkish descent, at the hands of a far-right group in 2006. The presentations are reproduced along with the ensuing conversations with Miessen and the audience members.

An essay by anthropologist Mahmoud Keshavarz opens the book by discussing the capacity of design to create the conditions for certain politics. Among the other theoretical, artistic, and historical contributions, editor Zoe Ritts interviews artist Wolfgang Tillmans regarding his pro-EU poster series, the ongoing project truth study centre, and guest-edited volume What Is Different? The volume concludes with a comic by artist Liam Gillick animating a block of granite--culled from the Swedish quarry responsible for extracting the red granite intended for the Third Reich's architectural ambitions--as the messiah of spatial and material politics.
By:   Markus Miessen, Zoe Ritts, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Angela Nagle, Benjamin H. Bratton
Imprint:   Sternberg Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9783956793929
ISBN 10:   3956793927
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Markus Miessen is a Berlin-based architect, writer, and Professor at the Academy of Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Zoe Ritts is an architectural designer based in Berlin. Benjamin H. Bratton is a theorist whose work spans philosophy, computer science, and design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Visiting Professor of Critical Studies at SCI-Arc (the Southern California Institute of Architecture) and Professor of Digital Design at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Markus Miessen is a Berlin-based architect, writer, and Professor at the Academy of Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jonas Staal is an artist and founder of New World Summit, an artistic and political organization that develops parliaments with and for stateless, blacklisted, and autonomist organizations. Recent publications include Nosso Lar, Brasilia. His artwork has been exhibited at venues including the 7th Berlin Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the 31st Sao Paulo Biennale. Zoe Ritts is an architectural designer based in Berlin.

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