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Mon 02.24.2014

Invisible Histories: The Social Practice of Civic Engagement


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Where: At The Center   

Our buildings, vacant lots, and public spaces have untold stories. These stories are at times the invisible histories of marginalized communities. Through the agency of an artist, an architect, or a designer, how might these stories be interpreted and shared in part with a larger community and how do they manifest themselves in the public realm?

This panel discussion will feature Lisa Bateman, an Artist and teacher, Gita Nandan of thread collective, and Quilian Riano of DSGNAGNC and #whOWNSpace. Each participant will give a brief presentation of projects that situate themselves in the public realm and question the meaning of inclusion in a democratized space. Lisa will speak about her work on oral history projects in historical schools in the minority communities of Marfa, TX and Jarvisburg, NC. Thread Collective will speak about how a community and farm play a vital role in public space. Quilian will present his project #whOWNSpace around the questions of who really owns public space and a case study project of participatory planning in an immigrant community.

Lisa Bateman, Artist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Gita Nandan, thread collective
Quilian Riano, Principal, DSGNAGNC

Speaker bios
Lisa Bateman
has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. Trained formally as a Painter and Installation Artist, Bateman now works predominantly in the Public Art realm with projects that are site-specific in relation to architecture and audience. Bateman has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several awards, including recent grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Manhattan Community Art Fund and Pollock Krasner, among others. Bateman has taught at Pratt Institute since 1986.

Gita Nandan is one of three co-founders of thread collective, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design studio in Brooklyn, New York. The collective explores the seams between building, art and landscape, stitching the diverse elements of the built environment to their ecological and social context through innovative design and research. The studio has served as a platform for collaboration with a diverse range of designers, artists, scientists, and policy makers.

Quilian Riano
is a designer, researcher, writer, and educator working out of Brooklyn, New York. Riano founded DSGN AGNC and is its principal. DSGN AGNC (Design Agency) is a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. DSGN AGNC arises, in part, from a concern about the types of questions that are asked by critical architectural practices. Or, rather, a concern about the questions not being asked. Who are the powerful entities hiring architects and what are their agendas? Who are the people that actually build architecture and what is their condition? Can architecture and design help society move towards a more equitable model of power distribution? What tie all these questions are the hidden conflicts (power dynamics) that characterize current political economies.

Organized by: AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and nycobaNOMA

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision

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