Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization

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Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization

Two-day conference in the framework of Aflenz Memorial in Becoming.

It is imperative to consider World War II and National Socialism as a moment in time when once colonial practices took hold on the European continent. Having spread across territories and soils, these practices, once confined to the colonial context, continue to inform our ideas of species, race, and gender, permeating our behaviors, institutions, and imaginary into the present day. Evolving from the loaded and manifold agency of soil, the conference “Life of Crops” seeks to uncover the inscription of war and labor from within the earth, starting with the repressed history of the labor camp Aflenz an der Sulm in the south of Austria (1944-1945). Learning from post-processual archaeology, and employing a wide range of analyses and approaches, soil reveals itself as an agent in building ideological hierarchies of class and race through the relations of labor and property ownership. Against taxonomic flattening, the conference approaches soil as a living archive, a landscape bearing all layers of violence.

Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization is the foundational component of a collaborative project Aflenz Memorial in Becoming initiated by artist Milica Tomić that considers memorialization as an investigative and anti-commemorative practice of reassembling, actualizing, and activating knowledge in the present. The investigative conference brings together 22 internationally renowned authors from the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural theory and feminism, together with archeology, history, architectural theory, art, and activism to meet and work together on urgent contemporary questions such as war and capital; (neo)colonialism, property and extractivism; migration and labor conditions; environmental, gender, and class justice.

A conference with: Éric Alliez / Ivana Bago / Bassam El Baroni / Brenna Bhandar / Seçil Binboğa / Virginia Black / Eray Çayli / Filipa César / Rui Gomes Coelho / Doplgenger / Alessandra Ferrini / Andrew Herscher / Alfredo Gonzalez Ruibal / Anne Historical / Anousheh Kehar / Charlotte Malterre-Barthes / Ana Peraica / Bertrand Perz / Karin Reisinger / Walid Sadek / Shela Sheikh / Branimir Stojanović
Special guest: Franz Trampusch

Convened and moderated by architect and writer Dubravka Sekulić and artist Milica Tomić, in conversation with curator Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, researcher Philipp Sattler, and art historian Jelena Vesić. Graphic design by Žiga Testen.

The two-day conference is developed in conjunction with the Institute for Art in Public Space, Universalmuseum Joanneum; Municipality of Wagna, Austria; Retzhof - Bildungshaus des Landes Steiermark in collaboration with coop-eb; IZK – Institut for Contemporary Art, Faculty of Architecture, Graz University of Technology; Tabakalera - International Centre for Contemporary Culture. The conference is supported by the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialsm and the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria.



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