[Anamarija Batista] Publication: »Rethinking Density. Art, Culture, and Urban Practices«

Anamarija Batista, Szilvia Kovács, Carina Lesky (Eds.).
With contributions by Anna Artaker, Anamarija Batista, Marc Boumeester, Meike S. Gleim, Nicolai Gütermann, Gabu Heindl, Improvistos (María Tula García Méndez, Gonzalo Navarrete Mancebo, Alba Navarrete Rodríguez), Sabine Knierbein, Szilvia Kovács, Elke Krasny, Brandon LaBelle, Antje Lehn, Carina Lesky, Agnes Prammer, Nicolas Remy, Nikolai Roskamm, Angelika Schnell, Jürgen Schöpf, Christabel Stirling, Johannes Suitner, Katalin Teller, Iván Tosics, Ivana Volić, Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah.


Rethinking Density: Art, Culture, and Urban Practices considers new perspectives and discussions related to the category of density, which for a long time has been part of urban-planning discourses and is now regaining the attention of artists and practitioners from a number of different disciplines. In an interplay of models, coping strategies, and experimental approaches, this publication combines research from cultural studies, artistic research, sound studies as well as architectural and urban theory. 

The issues discussed include the consideration of retroactive architectural design as a means to retrace the historical layers of a city, a proposal for spacesharing concepts as instruments for urban revitalization processes, and a case study on the potential for new sonic social spaces as subversive modes to undermine prevailing power structures.

Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, vol. 20
Design by Surface
October 2017, English
Sternberg Press, Berlin

Anamarija Batista

Anamarija Batista, Mphil., MSc., Economist, Art Historian, born in Zenica, (ex-YU). She studied Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Art History at the University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts. From 2004 to 2009 she worked as a research associate in the field of health economy. Since 2012 Batista researches on the project Artist as Urban Planner - A Glance at the Cooperation of Artistic and Urban Practice together with her colleagues Carina Lesky and Szilvia Kovács, which was funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC-Team). Batista has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna University of Technology and WU-Vienna. In the winter term 2014 she was an invited guest researcher at the Research Institute of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. She curated a series of exhibitions including The Common Which No Longer Exists (Künstlerhaus, Vienna 2012), Crisis as Ideology? (Kunstraum Niederösterreich,Vienna 2016), The Munchhausen-Effect. On Time in Times of Having No Time (Galerie 5020, Salzburg 2017) etc. She edited the catalogues Crisis as Ideology?, The Common Which No Longer Exists and Ich erkenne Dich auf den ersten Blick as well as the online magazine Artistic Transformation of the City Space. Stimulation of the Sensual Sphere by Using, Collecting and Reflecting Urban Structure. She has published i.a. in Zivot umjetnosti, Word & Image, Tagungsband des Verbands der österreichischen Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker, Oslobodjenje. With her colleagues Szilvia Kovács and Carina Lesky, in 2013 and 2015 she conceived and organised the conferences Art in Public Space. An Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Re-Thinking the Concept of Density. She gave talks at numerous conferences, including Tuned City, NECS 2014, Sound Signature and Recomposing the City. Just recently she published the publication Rethinking Density. Art, Culture and Urban Practices, which has been released by Sternberg Press and is published as volume of the publication series of Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Apart from that she is working on her PhD thesis under the title »Krise« als Denkfigur und Ihre Manifestation im städtischen Raum: Ein Blick auf die künstlerische, ökonomische und urbane Praxis. Contact: batista@das-diwan.cc