In the desert of modernity - lecture by Marion von Osten

free school for art theory and practice

On the lecture the artist will present the experiences of an exhibition and research project on architectural and urban projects developed in North Africa and Western Europe during the 1950s and 1960s in the context of colonial governance, anti-colonial struggles, and transnational migration.

The lecture will be followed by a two days seminar on the 4th and 5th of April led by Marion von Osten. The seminar is free, but registration is required. (

Marion von Osten works with curatorial, artistic and theoretical approaches that are brought together through the medium of exhibitions, installations, video and text productions, lecture performances, conferences and film programs. Main research interests are the changed conditions of the production of cultural work in post-colonial societies, technologies of the self and the governance of mobility. Founding Member of Labor k3000, kpD - kleines post-fordistisches Drama and the Center for Post-Colonial Knowledge and Culture, Berlin. Since 2006 Professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 1999 – 2006 Professor and researcher at the Institute for the Theory of Art and Design & Institute for Cultural and Gender Studies, HGK Zurich; lecturer at Critical Studies Program, Malmö Art Academy; From 1996-1998 curator at Shedalle Zurich. Lives in Berlin and Vienna.