.former west 2013

freethought developed the strand 'Infrastructure' for FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, 2013. The series of lectures and workshops from members of freethought with invited guests encompassed theoretical formulations of infrastructure stemming from art theory, management studies, urbanism, economic models, and practice-driven investigations dealing with institutions, archives, industries, and urban spaces and patterns.

Presentations were given by Irit Rogoff, Koken Ergun, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Louis Moreno and Füsun Türetken with Burak Arikan.

"When we in the West, or in the industrialized, technologized countries, congratulate ourselves on having an infrastructure, we forget the degree to which these have become protocols that bind and confine us in their demand to be conserved or in their demand to be resisted. In recognition of the need to think far beyond the models of organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or institution, this current offers a starting point from which to develop new pathways to understand infrastructure.
Irit Rogoff,  Keynote lecture Infrastructure