Alice’s project was an exploratory investigation into display strategies and discourses employed for the mediation of urban conditions in architecture-related exhibitions produced in Europe, especially around the 1990s. During her stay at ZK/U, she aimed to examine how selected curatorial approaches revolved around landscapes and topographic practices to expose environmental issues and trigger social imagination. What can we learn from these approaches? How do they contribute to shaping the exhibition as site of knowledge production and public encounter?
This project was part of Alice’s doctoral research conducted at Ghent University in the field of architecture, urban planning, and exhibition studies. Her thesis focuses on exhibitions from the architecture programme of the international arts centre deSingel in Antwerp. It examines how urban concerns, local developments, disciplinary debates, and institutional shifts in spatial governance stimulated new curatorial approaches and display formats as means to promote a public agenda for architecture and urban planning in Flanders at the turn of the millennium.