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Mikser Festival

Ana will be presenting “Pop Ups Work Hard” at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade, Serbia on May 31st as part of the Urban Transformation of Sava Mala symposium.

The 2010 MIT Taipei workshop was an occasion to explore urban transformations in Taipei’s Dazhi district, that multidisciplinary teams of designers – including architects, as well as fashion, industrial and graphic designers – were uniquely capable of imagining. The workshop focused on artifacts and activities that were created through individual agency yet gave rise to complex collective patterns. In two weeks of work we produced prototypes of urban interventions in the Dazhi district in three broad categories: transaction (concentrating on acts of exchange), transportation (dealing with transportation both in the abstract sense and in the concrete, with the new and projected metro infrastructures), and transformation (concentrating on the form of things).

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Late Socialism and Postmodernism

Ana has organized a symposium set to convene on March 31 & April 1, 2012 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fredric Jameson’s definition of postmodernism, now exactly thirty years old, inextricably linked the modalities of late capitalism with a set of cultural and aesthetic practices. Across a series of essays he described, or arguably forecast, a relationship between culture and capitalism that fully enmeshed the two to the point of complete coincidence. At the time of the publication of those texts, “late capitalism” may have seemed as a historically meaningful designation, as it held onto a theoretical possibility of an end to capitalism even within an actively totalizing description of its logic. Still, the conceptualization of “late” or “advanced” capitalism as an economic and cultural totality has historically exacerbated the Second World’s de facto exclusion from those now canonical periodizations of postwar aesthetic production…

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