Friday, 3 April 2015

(De)constucting Risk | KEX Studio | Mar 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7 pm
(De)constructing Risk: A Domestic Image of the Future
Presentation by Helene Kazan, followed by a conversation, moderated by Klaus Schafler 
KEX Studio, WUK, Vienna

Expert methods of calculating risk are employed across different industries, aimed at producing the best possible forecast in order to sell a calculable danger to clientele. Through the frame of the home or house a relationship is formed between these expert perceptions of risk, experienced for example through financial and the real-estate markets, and risk felt as a tangible, bodily threat, experienced within the home. This double articulation of risk (abstract and affective) breeds a tension which is articulated and registered in the material of the architecture of the home itself. This work examines contradictory images of an unknown future in Lebanon, produced through different methods of perceiving imminent or non-existent possibilities of future threat. In order to expose an operative condition within this specific context, to make present the ways in which risks’ unequal distribution contributes to constructing or deconstructing the home as a site of security.

Helene Kazan, Artist in Residence at KEX Studio until May 2015.
In collaboration with Atfal Ahdath art collective, Beirut and Lina Morawetz.

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