On the Spatial Politics of Right-Wing Populism
Edited by Markus Miessen, Zoë Rittsau

Contributions by Christina Varvia (Forensic Architecture), Benjamin Bratton, Liam Gillick, Hannes Grassegger, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Angela Nagle, Nina Power, Patricia Reed, Konrad Renner, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, Slavs Andtatars, Wolfgang Tillmans, Stephan Trüby


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Para-Platforms investigates the social, spatial, and material reality of right-wing populism. Three case studies—presented in a symposium organized by Markus Miessen at the Gothenburg Design Festival in November 2017—form the core of this collection of essays: journalist Hannes Grassegger on Trump and Brexit; architectural theorist Stephan Trüby on spaces of right-wing extremism in Germany; and Christina Varvia on Forensic Architecture’s investigation of the murder of Halit Yozgat in 2006.

Architecture, Art, Theory / History / Criticism
The presentations are reproduced along with the ensuing conversations with Miessen and the audience members. An essay by design scholar Mahmoud Keshavarz opening the book discusses the capacity of design to create conditions for certain politics to occur. Among the other theoretical, artistic, and historical contributions in the reader, editor Zoë Ritts interviews artist Wolfgang Tillmans regarding his pro-EU poster series, the ongoing project truth study centre, and guest-edited volume What Is Different? The volume concludes with a comic by artist Liam Gillick animating a block of granite—culled from the Swedish quarry responsible for extracting the red granite intended for the Third Reich’s architectural ambitions—as the messiah of spatial and material politics.

Markus Miessen is a German architect and writer. Miessen received his bachelor's degree from the Glasgow School of Art, continuing his studies at the Architectural Association in London and at the London Consortium.
Zoë Ritts is an architectural designer based in Berlin.


11 color, 25 b/w

204 pages, 36 illustrations
Paperback, 13.5x20.2 cm
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783956793929