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Karami, S. (2015). De/Ascending: Torre David, The Second Episode of Ballard's High-Rise. Lo-Res: Architectural Theory, Politics, and Criticism, 1, 80-89
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2015 (English)In: Lo-Res: Architectural Theory, Politics, and Criticism, ISSN 2002-0260, Vol. 1, p. 80-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lo-Res Journal, 2015
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108291 (URN)
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Karami, S. (2015). Interrupting Architecture. In: On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation. KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, 5-6 Feb 2015: . Paper presented at On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation..
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2015 (English)In: On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation. KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, 5-6 Feb 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108306 (URN)
Conference
On Theory and Method: Architects in Formation.
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Karami, S. (2015). Interruption as Dissident Gesture. RUUKKU Studies in Artistic Research, 5
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2015 (English)In: RUUKKU Studies in Artistic Research, ISSN 0080-5319, E-ISSN 2056-5917, Vol. 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [fi]

Tässä ekspositiossa tutkin keskeytyksen tai häirinnän taktiikkoja instituutioon sitoutumisen menetelminä taiteellisen tutkimuksen ja taiteellisten lähestymistapojen kautta. Hyödynnän kehittelyssäni Jacques Rancièren "dissensus"-käsitettä, Chantal Mouffen "sitoutumisen strategiaa" (strategy of engagement) ja Michel de Certeaun käsitystä "taktiikasta". Taide dissidenttinä toimintana muuttaa taiteellisen tutkimuksen eriäväksi tutkimukseksi (dissident research), joka voi kyseenalaistaa akateemisen konsensuksen sen sijaan että noudattaisi sen vakiintunutta rakennetta. Keskeytyksestä tulee eriävä ele. Käytän kuvitteellista fiktiivistä teosta instituutioiden keskeytyksen tai häirinnän keinona. Kuvitteellisessa julkaisussa lainaan Robert Bressonin elokuvan "A Man Escaped" henkilöhahmoa luutnantti Fontainea. Esittelen Fontainen "arkkitehtuurin keskeyttämisen tai häirinnän" protagonistina ja tutkin hänen pakosuunnitelmaansa tilallisena kaavailuna, "arkkitehtuurauksena". Julkaisun matka kulkee kahden, kahta paikkaa koskevan lyhyen arkkitehtonisen kertomuksen kautta: vankilan (kurinalaisuutena) ja kirjaston (hallitsevana diskurssina). Nämä kaksi kertomusta yhdistetään kolmeen kaavaan tai malliin: amatööri, fiktio, väärinesitys tai epälojaalisuus; kukin toimii toisinajattelun tiettyinä ominaisuuksina. Yhdessä nämä pyrkivät esittämään kysymyksen: miten keskeytyksen tai häirinnän taktiikat edistävät eriävää ajattelua akateemisessa maailmassa?

Abstract [en]

We need to dissent. It would appear that politics of dissensus is the sine qua non for change in the world today. Nonetheless, consensus as a mode of government is an institutionalized gesture of democracy in the so-called civilized world. Consensus is the agreement upon 'one unique reality' despite the acknowledgement of differences in people's values and aspirations. That 'unique reality' apparently becomes the measure of judgment, values, actions, interventions and construction of the politics of exclusion and inclusion in different contexts. Universities and institutions of knowledge production are not exceptions within this global scope, but paradoxically, they are in a serious crisis: Where the norms should be contested, they have succumbed to the common pitfall of conformism – to academic consensus if you like, or 'professionalism', to borrow Edward Said's term. Within this discussion, it is essential to look at institutions for art and architecture research and education through the lens of the politics of dissensus. After all, art should dissent; it should 'introduce dissensus by hollowing out' that 'unique reality'.

The journey in this paper, then, bypasses the question of dissensus, using artistic practice or artistic research not as a walking stick but as an axe to break through the uncompromising walls of institutions. It cuts through the problems of eradication of politics of dissent in the mistaken belief in institutional loyalty, and thereby investigates the potential of dissensus as a methodology in the field of artistic research and practicing it as dissident research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Finland: RUUKKU, 2015
Keywords
dissident, amateur, misperformance, interrupting architecture, artistic research, fiction
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108298 (URN)
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Karami, S. (2015). Interruptor. In: : . Paper presented at Swedish Research Environment Architecture PhD Reviews, Umeå School of Arcitecture, 2-3 February 2015.
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2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108315 (URN)
Conference
Swedish Research Environment Architecture PhD Reviews, Umeå School of Arcitecture, 2-3 February 2015
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Karami, S. (2015). Pause: A Device for Troubling Routines. Drawing On (1), 75-84
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2015 (English)In: Drawing On, ISSN 2059-9978, no 1, p. 75-84Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pause is a technique for troubling routines, a tactical device for change capable of disturbing established flows. Where urban public spaces are concerned, a pause is a device, an act however tiny that unsettles the balance or order of those spaces, bringing about a moment of dysfunction in which an individual is liberated for an unspecified duration. While the dominant power is busy ‘fixing’ this pause, alternatives can emerge. In this paper taking on the voice of a fictional character, I investigate the ins and outs of pause through the case of the Standing Man of the Occupy Gezi movement in Turkey (2013). The pause of Standing Man is used as a concept to rethink the architectural profession. Drawing on Lefebvre theory of ‘moment’, pause is discussed as an event destined to fail. This inevitable failure of the pause makes the moment of failure intense and tragic. In this way duration matters, and one of the contributions that architectural practice could make in working with pause would be to work with this duration – and to expand it.

To study further how architecture can contribute to the idea of pause, a case of the unfinished building in Tehran during the 1979 revolution is discussed in relation to the Standing Man. The discussion is built up around the infrastructural nature of pauses, the importance of body politics to the idea of pause as a device and the post-production of space by means of occupation. In this regard, reflecting on the work of architecture, there might be a need for pause in the architectural profession itself, in its attitude to ‘completing’ the world.

The narrator in this paper, an architect who participated in the 1979 revolution, examines the pause of the Standing Man through an architectural lens while watching a video of the event on YouTube. The argument is built up through a lecture on the subject, a discussion with a group of architecture students, and through snippets of nostalgic daydreaming and introverted contemplation. The flashbacks, the lecture, the movie and the train of thoughts interrupt one another, creating moments of pause in the narration. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh:Edinburgh College of Art, 2015
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108294 (URN)
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Karami, S. (2015). Scenography of Fooling. In: On Theory and Method: Material Conditions. LTH School of Architecture, Lund, 23-24 April 2015: . Paper presented at On Theory and Method: Material Conditions.
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2015 (English)In: On Theory and Method: Material Conditions. LTH School of Architecture, Lund, 23-24 April 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108304 (URN)
Conference
On Theory and Method: Material Conditions
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Karami, S. (2015). Your Proposal Does not Fit in Our Editorial Line: constructing a dissident researcher. In: Transvaluation: Making the World Matter. International Symposium Searching for Alternative Making of Values Through and In Research. Paper presented at Transvaluation: May 21-22, 2015, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Gothenburg, Sweden
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2015 (English)In: Transvaluation: Making the World Matter. International Symposium Searching for Alternative Making of Values Through and In Research, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article I discuss the possibility of and the necessity for dissident researchers in academia. I investigate the strategies of interruption as methods of engaging with the institution through artistic research and approaches. Art as a dissensual activity turns artistic research into a dissident research that can serve to question academic consensus rather than conforming to its established structure.

In order to construct a dissident researcher, I go through three short architectural narrations of three places: a prison (as discipline), a school of architecture (as artistic research) and a library (as dominant discourse). These three narrations are combined with three formulae: amateur, fiction, misperformance or disloyalty; each acts as certain characteristics of dissidence that are pertinent to an ongoing micro-project explained here. Together, these aim to raise the question: How does perceiving artistic research as dissident research modify conventional evaluation systems and set up new evaluating strategies based on politics of dissidence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg, Sweden: , 2015
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108300 (URN)
Conference
Transvaluation: May 21-22, 2015, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Karami, S. (2014). Interrupt. In: Strong Research Environment Projects 2014, Architectural History, Theory and Method. School of Architecture, Chalmers University, 10-11 April: . Paper presented at Strong Research Environment Projects 2014, Architectural History, Theory and Method.
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2014 (English)In: Strong Research Environment Projects 2014, Architectural History, Theory and Method. School of Architecture, Chalmers University, 10-11 April, 2014Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108311 (URN)
Conference
Strong Research Environment Projects 2014, Architectural History, Theory and Method
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Karami, S., Van Toorn, R., Ozmin, J., Frykholm, H., Hogenboom, K. & Soolep, J. (2014). The Extraordinary Life of Elements Review Exhibition, UMA School of Architecture, October ­ November 2014:: UMA Research Group Review of the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture: Elements of Architecture..
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2014 (English)Other (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The Extraordinary Life of Elements Review Exhibition Editor Professor Roemer van Toorn, Professor Jüri Soolep, Sepideh Karami, Katja Hogenboom, Hannes Frykholm and Janek Ozmin, UMA School of Architecture, October 2014 consists of six separate reviews collated into a single exhibition. The content was captured on site at the Biennale including record conversations by the review group, interviews with Biennale exhibition contributors, collected media, photographs, sound recordings and videos by the authors. The collated work formed a pluralist, dialogical platform from which the Biennale Exhibition can be viewed. Alongside the printed review panels and video installations, a round table format was used to present various printed media, Biennale exhibition catalogues, and media from participating country pavilions and maps. This table then formed the basis for a debate on the Venice Biennale Exhibition by participating researchers. The Exhibition was mounted in Umeå School of Architecture and formed part of the Arts Campus Open House Research Days November 2014.

Keywords
Venice Biennale Architecture 2015
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
aesthetics; design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109351 (URN)
Projects
UMA School of Architecture Research Group
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Ozmin, J., Van Toorn, R., Frykholm, H., Hogenboom, K., Karami, S. & Soolep, J. (2014). The Extraordinary Life of Elements Review Exhibition, UMA School of Architecture, October ­ November 2014: UMA Research Group Review of the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture: Elements of Architecture..
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2014 (English)Other (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The Extraordinary Life of Elements Review Exhibition Editor Professor Roemer van Toorn, Professor Jüri Soolep, Sepideh Karami, Katja Hogenboom, Hannes Frykholm and Janek Ozmin, UMA School of Architecture, October 2014 consists of six separate reviews collated into a single exhibition. The content was captured on site at the Biennale including record conversations by the review group, interviews with Biennale exhibition contributors, collected media, photographs, sound recordings and videos by the authors. The collated work formed a pluralist, dialogical platform from which the Biennale Exhibition can be viewed. Alongside the printed review panels and video installations, a round table format was used to present various printed media, Biennale exhibition catalogues, and media from participating country pavilions and maps. This table then formed the basis for a debate on the Venice Biennale Exhibition by participating researchers. The Exhibition was mounted in Umeå School of Architecture and formed part of the Arts Campus Open House Research Days November 2014.

Keywords
Venice Biennale Architecture 2015
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
design; aesthetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108340 (URN)
Projects
UMA School of Architecture Research Group
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
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