The Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade wrote his “Cannibalist Manifesto” in 1928. In it he formulated a cultural appropriation that sought to eliminate colonial structures. In Space-Cannibalism we want to understand this manifesto as a stimulus to move from reason-centered understanding to an approach guided by intuition. In this way, space is to be uncovered as a construction. How are the interweaving of cultural appropriation of urban space to be conceived – graphically, conceptually and performatively? How is space marketed today? The city of Stuttgart serves as a blueprint for designs and appropriation strategies for how art can – or cannot – act.
Stefan Wagner is a freelance art historian and curator in Zurich. From 2009 to 2014 he collaborated with the Kunstraum Corner College in Zurich and writes for magazines and catalogues. He conducted research in public art at the Zurich University of the Arts and taught at the ETH Zurich (Karin Sander chair in the Department of Architecture), Haute École d’Art Geneva, School of Design Bern and Biel and the Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich. In 2013 he received the Swiss Art Award for Art Mediation and in 2014 the scholarship for Art Mediation of the City of Zurich.