The exploratory course “City-Space-Culture LAB (interdisciplinary learning-teaching laboratory)” examined upheavals using urban landscape examples of Graz in the winter semester 2019/20. It was carried out in cooperation between the Institute for Cultural Anthropology of the University of Graz, the Institute of Contemporary Art (IZK) of the Graz University of Technology and the Forum Stadtpark.
Cultural anthropology, architecture and art
The focus on urban, spatial and cultural research has been anchored at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology at the University of Graz for many decades. Long-term collaborations between the architecture department of Graz University of Technology in the areas of living, participatory building construction and theories of urban and architectural research have been consolidated in recent years under one roof: Cultural Studies in Architecture.
The field of art was also added to this expertise through the space of the Forum Stadtpark and cooperation with the IZK. Located at the crossroads of these three fields, the course was able to draw on a wide-ranging repertoire of approaches and strategies.
A city in upheaval
Against the background of a dynamic urban and political landscape, we asked ourselves the following questions during the course:
How do (gradual) upheavals take place in urban space? In which spaces can social/political/cultural changes in society be exemplified? What methods can be used to determine them? How can cultural anthropological findings in the sense of an “intervening cultural anthropology” be turned into areas of practice?