Stefan Gruber
June 26, 2020 1:00pm

Christopher Rey Perez
June 26: 2020 3:00pm

Loudreaders Session 8:
1:00pm EST

Stefan Gruber discusses spaces for Commoning

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Stefan Gruber is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, where he serves as Track Chair of the Master of Urban Design (MUD) program.

His work spans architectural design, urbanism and research with a particular focus on practices of commoning and the negotiation of top-down planning and bottom-up transformations of cities towards more equitable, resilient, post-capitalist futures.

Stefan is co-curator of the travelling exhibition and publication “An Atlas of Commoning,” an ifa-exhibition (Institut für Auslandbeziehungen) in collaboration with ARCH+. Together with Anette Baldauf, Stefan initiated Spaces of Commoning, an interdisciplinary research project on commoning, artistic practices and the city documented in the eponymous book (Sternberg, 2016). Other book publications include a social fiction The Report (MAK, Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, 2015 with STEALTH.unlimited and Paul Currion); Big! Bad? Modern: Four Megabuildings in Vienna (Park Books, 2015 with Antje Lehn, Angelika Schnell et al.); and Vienna: Slow Capital (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2011 with Lisa Schmidt-Colinet). In Pittsburgh, he leads the Urban Collaboratory studio in which students and community groups work on gaining agency over the transformation of their neighborhood and claiming community ownership.

Worldmakers Session 8:
3:00pm EST

Christopher Rey Perez 

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My name is Christopher Rey Pérez. I was born on September 7th or 9th in the year 1987 and raised along these coordinates, 26 11'6"N 98 7'4"W, which make up part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a region a few miles from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

I am a poet working from within a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language in an attempt to incorporate the liminality of a type of "border thinking" I have experienced and witnessed throughout my life. After having had the opportunity to live, work, and write in Mexico, the Occupied West Bank of Palestine, and other countries, my writing has evolved to include the investigation and address of borders as a subject-constituting condition rooted in the coloniality of the global periphery.

Some of my writing that's representative of these concerns includes a small chapbook with a few drawings that I published with 98Editions of Beirut in 2012, a 2015 chapbook of writings and photographs I published with LIKE Editorial of Mexico City, a 2016 artist book in collaboration with the artist Barbara Ess that was released for the occasion of an exhibition at 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, a book that composes a book collection from Nicosia, Cyprus, an electronic publication on border theatrics published in Canada, and a recently published risograph-printed story that is also translated to Portuguese. My first "full-length" book was published on March 15, 2017. Titled gauguin's notebook, it writes through Gauguin's Tahitian journal as a way of investigating current-day affective structures along the border vis-a-vis Gauguin's colonialist production in Tahiti.

Other writings that appear in disparate outlets can be viewed here, if appearing as printed matter, or from my news page, if they appear online. Among these writings are a set of art writings for Intelligentsia Gallery in Beijing.

Collaboration plays a large part in how I choose to shape my writing community, and this has led me to create a small publication of art and literature of the Americas, called Dolce Stil Criollo, that I co-edit with my friend, Gabriel Finotti. Nomadic, multi-lingual, and independent, Dolce Stil Criollo is a project we began in 2013. You can read about it here.