Moderator: Valentina Karga, Artist and Architect
Valentina Karga, born in Chalkidiki, Greece, is an artist and architect based in Berlin. Valentina’s projects encourage engagement and participation, facilitate practices of commoning and are concerned with sustainability. Working across different media and inviting the public or community groups to complete the work, one can say that Valentina’s work lays somewhere between conceptual art, architecture and socially engaged practice. Sometimes, through dialogue and building prototypes in a DIY manner, they end up imagining alternatives for societal structures, such as economic and pedagogic institutions. This is what she calls ‘Art as Simulation’. She is a founding member of Collective Disaster, an interdisciplinary group that works in the interstices of art, architecture and the social realm. She has been a fellow at the Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin and she has been awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. Among others, her work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, the transmediale festival, the Athens Biennial, Kiasma museum and a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery.