about

The Institute for Applied Heterotopia is an independent project team consisting of experts from the fields of architecture, sociology, media and cultural science, visual art, design and journalism. We explore collaboratively and artistically the transitional space between present and future — without neglecting the past.

_ perspectives

The space that surrounds us becomes reality through our perception. In return, we live, communicate, define and invent ourselves by means of the objects, arrangements, functionalities, relations, actions, rules that define this space – including all our characteristics and behaviours. Those spaces in which we move and that we visit are full of meanings, all of them culturally shaped and connotated. Without exception, as could be argued in our age of global voidlessness, in which even the last corners of the earth are culturally measured. No outside, no more terra incognita, all spaces are interwoven. Still, in the midst of global networks certain places stand out – particular spaces, in which structures consolidate, overlap and intensify into nodes. Places, in which discourse and fiction can converge to the point of contradicting each other, dissolving or consolidating themselves in imagination and myth. Michel Foucault called such places heterotopias, ‘other places’, in which contradictory meanings and specific rules can be identified, while reflecting social structures and orders. We are interested in heterotopias, in their observation and localization as well as in in producing them.

_ concepts

The space that surrounds us becomes reality through our perception. In return, we live, communicate, define and invent ourselves by means of the objects, arrangements, functionalities, relations, actions, rules that define this space – including all our characteristics and behaviours. Those spaces in which we move and that we visit are full of meanings, all of them culturally shaped and connotated. Without exception, as could be argued in our age of global voidlessness, in which even the last corners of the earth are culturally measured. No outside, no more terra incognita, all spaces are interwoven. Still, in the midst of global networks certain places stand out – particular spaces, in which structures consolidate, overlap and intensify into nodes. Places, in which discourse and fiction can converge to the point of contradicting each other, dissolving or consolidating themselves in imagination and myth. Michel Foucault called such places heterotopias, ‘other places’, in which contradictory meanings and specific rules can be identified, while reflecting social structures and orders. We are interested in heterotopias, in their observation and localization as well as in in producing them.

_ methods

How? The means with which we work on and produce heterotopias are based on cultural techniques of contemporary reality construction linked to direct perception. You can find more on this under the header theory and publications.

With what? Common cultural techniques such as images, writing and numbers should be mentioned here, but also language and techniques of perception, especially in their accelerated conflation. See the previous projects under practice and map.

In concrete terms? The applied techniques and methods are directly linked to the different competencies of IFAH’s members, who will compose and offer individual modules and ensembles whose foci shift depending on the locality as well as on specific interests of attention, reflection or construction.