Against the backdrop of a growing debate about gender we as emerging architects see ourselves obliged to contribute. Architecture is still male-dominated. Gender inequality - especially in higher positions - not just in architecture schools but in events, exhibitions, awards, is remarkable. We are fem_arc collective, a group of five women that have set out on collaboratively forming a practice, positioning ourselves in the broader field of architecture, or, more precisely, setting up a critical spatial practice. Our first enterprise is the F_TALKS lecture and conversation series in May and June of 2018.
None of us are fully trained architects in terms of the discipline's regulations nor are we experienced feminists on a theoretical level. We are, however, very interested in the spatial politics of bodies. We find ourselves at a point where we deeply question the structural boundaries of the discipline historically set by men, and with this the educational concepts of architecture schools. Acknowledging the problematic state of contemporary architectural practice in terms of unquestioned gender identities and not quite diverse office structures, we want to employ the gender discourse, form alliances and aim at provoking an ongoing dialogue about the future of feminist practice at the University of Fine Arts Berlin - one of our spaces of learning.
There are many ways of spatial expression and we set out to find our own. However, for us architectural or spatial practice can also be the refusal of actually building physical structures. We are in search for exit points, entry points and transversal thinking and making beyond our discipline.
Océane Reveillac, Amelie Schindler, Insa Streit, Lara Stöhlmacher, Lucía Gauchat Schulte
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