As an educational platform, ‘F.act – forum’ investigates the emancipatory potential for the production of knowledge through art and culture. ‘F.act’ organizes exhibitions, artist talks and workshops and is engaged in building database of oral history in female photography in Styria. With a research on Elizabeth Kraus as the startup project and a case study (Research Project in gender studies by Erika Petric under the direction of Prof. Karin Schmidlechner) f.act forum intends to devote a segment of its research to women in arts.
Second Glance – International Workshop on Photography in Architecture and Urban Design in Rijeka, European capital of Culture 2020

Through the medium of photography and Freewriting this workshop aimed to stimulate exploration of the city by giving rise to specific notes of individual experience of urban space. Mapping out particular spots in the Old Town, as well as engaging in a creative way with the potentials of two important industrial heritage sites of Rijeka, the content of this workshop was build upon the experience gained in the previous series of workshops ‘Between the Eyes – Between the Lines’.

Twenty five international students participated in this four-day workshop. The results of their work will be used in the future activities planned by the city of Rijeka in the context of European Capital of Culture in 2020. It is similarly expected that the results of the workshop will be presented in an exhibition in Rijeka (HR), Ljubljana (SLO) and Graz (A).

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Second Glance – Mapping out invisible layers of urban tissue in old town Rijeka

Presentation – Exhibition – Between the Eyes – Between the Lines

Galerie am Flughafen Graz,
Abflug-Terminal, 1. Stock
23. Mai 2016 bis 8. Juli 2016

Präsentiert werden Texte und Bilder, die während des Fotografieworkshops ‘Between the Eyes – Between the Lines’ im Rahmen des Grazer Architektursommer 2015 entstanden sind.

Wir alle bewegen uns ständig in Räumen, architektonischen Konzepten, die unserer spezifischen Wahrnehmung oft entbehren. Andererseits wird Architektur durch die Ausweitung der digitalen Fotografie und allgemeinen Mobilität heute permanent fotografiert. Der Workshop untersuchte die Möglichkeiten mit dem Medium Fotografie Notizen der individuellen Architekturerfahrung entstehen zu lassen.

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International Workshop on Photography in Architecture

Hosted by Urban Design Course of Giuseppe Marinoni at Politecnico Milano
Led by Erika Petric

We are all constantly moving in space, architectural concepts that often dispense our specific perception. At the same time, today, by the expansion of digital photography and general mobility, architecture is permanently photographed. Through the medium of photography this workshop aimed to give rise to specific notes of individual architectural experience. The approach to the subject occurred in an experimental and playful manner by the use of an innovative method of writing: Freewriting. With this method, image-texts were generated in order to provoke a new approach in photographing architecture and urban space. As a result, particular photographs served as a starting point of individual design process. Around 30 international students participated in the one-day workshop.



Interview – Cristiano Toraldo di Francia

Superstudio – a group of architects formed 1966 in Florence, Italy – was an important acteur in the Radical movement in the architecture of the late 1960ies and early 1970ies, which continues to influence architecture conceptualization and production to this day.  One of the first international exhibitions of Superstudio took place in the frame of TRIGON 1969 in Graz.
Erika Petric spoke with the co-founder of Superstudio, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia about the role of photography in the architectural conceptualization and the notion of space in photomontage works of Superstudio. The conversation took place along the interview Cristiano Toraldo di Francia was giving to Paolo Rosselli.


Creative Docklands
International architectural and urban design workshop


The economic prosperity of the city of Rijeka in the past and in the present is directly related to the functioning of the port. Nowadays people of Rijeka face migration of young people for economic, social and societal reasons. Young people are leaving Rijeka due to stagnation in the development of the city. The latter also significantly affect changes in the city life and the city beat. In this project we want to check vision for the development of the relationship between the port and the city of Rijeka in the border areas between the two urban structures from the perspective of young people. Interconnected areas—or the borders between the city and the port, or the port and the surrounding landscape—are becoming a key point in implementing modern town-planning concepts. Ports fear that urban solutions will affect and restrict the main port activity. Similarly, cities fear that the expansion of the port traffic will generate more noise and negative environmental impacts in city areas.

The workshop is held by:

University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture
University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture
DAR – Association of Architects Rijeka
DUPPS – Town and Spatial Planning Association of Slovenia
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Between the Eyes –Between the Lines
Fotografie als Medium der Architekturerfahrung

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Workshop mit Erika Petric

Architektur­sommer 2015
Haus der Architektur, Graz

Von 07.07. bis 09.07.
07.07.: 10:30–13 & 16–18 Uhr
08.07.: 15–18 Uhr
09.07.: 10:30–12 & 16–18 Uhr

Architektur wird heute permanent und von allen fotografiert. Wie sich das Medium Fotografie – jenseits der professionellen dokumentarischen Abbildung – als eine Notiz der individuellen Architekturerfahrung anwenden lässt, wird in diesem Workshop auf einer experimentellen und spielerischen Weise, mittels Fotografieren und Schreiben, untersucht.Durch das freie Schreiben (Freewriting) – eine Methode, die im Workshop eingeleitet wird – werden diverse ‘Text-Bilder’ erzeugt, die einen innovativen Zugang zum Fotografieren der Architektur provozieren sollen. In verschieden Individuellen- und Gruppenübungen wird nach einer aktuellen Antwort auf die Frage über den Unterschied zwischen ‘Zeigen’ und ‘Erzählen’ in der Architekturfotografie gesucht.

Workshop with Erika Petric, Haus der Architektur, Graz, 2015

Denkmal oder Mahnmal?
Historicization and its consequences – debating political articulation of a traumatic past

On February 26th, 2015, an artist talk was hosted at Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien in Graz (AT) between Jelena Juresa & Aneta Stojnic, in the framework of Jelena Juresa’s exhibition “Mira, Study for a Portrait” at Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien, 2015.

This is the first talk in the series of ongoing public talks that will be developed in the framework of Jelena Juresa’s research at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Research centre S:PAM and KASK Conservatorium, in coproduction with “f.act – forum for gender discourse in art.” In her PhD research Jelena Juresa is focusing on three traumatic pasts of the twentieth century in the European context: the negation of war crimes after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in Republic of Srpska and Serbia, the construction of a national identity in Austria after the Anschluss and its relation to the silence on the Holocaust, and the construction of a Belgian identity in the aftermath of its colonial past.

Dr. Aneta Stojnic is theoretician, artist and curator born in Belgrade. Her professional work is characterized by strong connection between art theory and practice as well as interdisciplinary approach to art practices that affirm critical thinking.

Jelena Juresa and Aneta Stojnic, KM – Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz, 2015. Photo: Erika Petric
Emotional landscape
Intimate space – place of memory

The project is part of ongoing collaboration between Erika Petric and Lucija Ukic, and was developed in situ for the future location of Museum of Modern Art (MMSU) in Rijeka. Its relocation to Stadtbahnbogen (flat1) in Vienna potentiates the variety of historical levels and connections between spaces addressed in the project. The transfer of the project to Vienna is the f.act-forum production.

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