Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel/ STOP AND GO

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Nodes of Transformation and Transition

Date: 20.4. 2017, 17:00
Venue: Faculty of Architecture STU Bratislava, Námestie slobody 19, Bratislava, room nr. 117
Lecturers: Michael Hieslmair, Michael Zinganel

A collaboration project between and Faculty of Architecture STU Bratislava .

The lecture will be conducted in English.

In the lecture Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel will highlight their last research project Stop and Go, investigating the physical and social transformation at nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration alongside mayor PAN-European road corridors in a geographic triangle between Vienna, Tallinn and the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The project draws on intensive embedded field trips with a mobile lab (a Ford Transit van) using (deep) mapping, workshops, installations and exhibitions both on tour and in a stationary work space in a Vienna logistic hub (a former railway station). Intermediate and final results had been represented in diagrammatic drawings, maps and (animated) graphic novels.

Moreover they will refer to (deep) mapping as a powerful tool, both for triggering interviews, collecting and representing research findings, and visualizing projective visions – especially when investigating streams of urban and transnational mobility and migration. They will present a theoretical framework and mapping methods developed during their own preceding art based research projects, which were translated into extensive three-dimensional cartographies and on site installations, augmented with various sorts of texts, comic-style drawings, photos and narrative audio tracks.

Michael Hieslmair studied architecture in Graz and Delft; Michael Zinganel studied architecture in Graz, art in Maastricht, and contemporary history in Vienna. They live and work as artists, curators, cultural scientists, and architecture theorists in Vienna. In 2012 they co-founded the independent research platform “Tracing Spaces”. In joint workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and publications they work on modernist mass tourism, as well as on cartographic representations of urban and transnational mobility and migration. Most recently they had been research fellows at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and co-heads of the project Stop & Go. Nodes of Transformation and Transition

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

This project has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council.

The project has been also supported by the Grant Scheme of Bratislava Self-Governing Region.

Workshop on Socio-Spatial Nodes of Mobility and Migration

Tutors : Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel

Date : 21.4. 2017, 10:00AM - 5PM
Venue : Faculty of Architecture STU Bratislava, Námestie slobody 19, Bratislava, miestnosť č. 225/ room nr. 225

Workshop will be conducted in English.

Every city is part of a network shaped by transnational connections and specific zones that modulate the exchanges between it and the rest of the world. At such nodes, the effects of migratory movements and the globalized exchange of goods and services become visible, and there political changes can be found immediately looming.

The workshop focuses on these nodes of mobility and migration and in doing so on the production, the geopolitic dimension and communicability of alternative forms of knowledge. Therefore reference projects related to various theories, emphases and methods of artistic and scientific research, which relate to „cartography“ and “(deep-) mapping” of transnational mobility and migration, will be introduced and discussed. Participants will be asked to present their self-governed and organized knowledge as well as applied methods, strategies, conversion-techniques from their respective disciplinary field (art, architecture, performance, cultural studies etc.). Based on their ‘career-, mobility- or migration-paths’ the group will develop a network of paths – an extensive two-dimensional mapping. Along each path selected macro-political events and micro-political experiences – linked to participants’ biography, fields of interest and research questions – will be located. During the whole workshop the mapping will serve as the central visual and chronological system of ordering, which will be augmented with comic-style drawings and narrative audio tracks.

Who may attend?
Everybody interested in the topic and process of knowledge-production mentioned above is cordially invited to participate. Particularly researchers, cultural practitioners, students, teachers and cultural workers in the field of art, architecture and cultural sciences as well as non-professionals with a strong interest in on the representation of knowledge and visual communication might feel attracted.

Participation is free of charge. To participate,please register at by April 18th! In the registration please specify your name, institution and field of interest and and optionally your phone number.

The inside of an adapted shipping container transformed into an inverse globe and used as drawing board for exercises in cartography during Spielart Munich performance festival © Carolin Hirschfeld | Tracing Spaces | 2013