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Embodied City – Mit Kunst Stadt entwickeln

Public lecture hosted by Akademie der Künste

A panel of experts from Theatrum Mundi and the Akademie der Künste discussed art practice in relation to the city. This public lecture formed part of the Akademie der Künste’s Culture City exhibition.


  • Jochen Gerz

    Jochen Gerz is an international German artist, who has radically transformed the relationship betweenthe viewer and art. His work transcends social boundaries, and questions public authorship.

  • Annette Gigon

    Annette Gigon is a Swiss architect and co-founder of office Gigon Guyer.

  • Karin Sander

    Karin Sander is a German conceptual artist who lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. Sander’s work has been exhibited worldwide, particularly in Europe and the United States, notably in solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2011) and Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2010).

  • Manos Tsangaris

    Manos Tsangaris is a German composer, musician, installation, performance artist and poet .

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He sits on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, is a Council Member of the Royal College of Art and Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural advisor to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. Burdett has been on architectural juries for high-profile projects including Tate Modern, London’s Aquatic Centre, Rothschild Bank Headquarters, Holland Green and Elizabeth House and has worked on major regeneration projects across Europe and the USA, including the 8-million sq ft redevelopment around Penn Station in New York City. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

  • Saskia Sassen

    Saskia Sassen

    Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and co-chairs its Committee on Global Thought. Her research and writing focuses on, immigration, global cities, the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Her most recent book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). She has received multiple honours, most recently the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.

  • Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His research interests include the relationship between urban design and urban society, urban family patterns, the urban welfare system, the history of cities and the changing nature of work. His books include The Craftsman (2008), The Culture of the New Capitalism (Yale, 2006), Respect: The Formation of Character in an Age of Inequality (Penguin, 2003), The Corrosion of Character (1998), Flesh and Stone (1994) and The Fall of Public Man (1977). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Academia Europea. He is past President of the American Council on Work and the former Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Recent honours and awards include The Schocken Prize, 2011; Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge University, 2010; The Spinoza Prize, 2010; The Tessenow Prize, 2009; The Gerda Henkel Prize, 2008; The European Craft Prize, 2008; and The Hegel Prize, 2006.

  • Johannes Odenthal

    Johannes Odenthal is Programme Officer at the Akademie der Künste, previously Artistic Director of dance, music, theater in the House of World Cultures, Berlin.