Inteligencias Colectivas [karachi] took place as an an investigative and constructive research by zoohaus in the framework of Urbanities – art and public space in Pakistan.
Urbanities – art and public space in Pakistan is a critical exploration of the urban,
its complexities and possibilities under the premise of individual artistic work and research approaches, was conceived by Stefan Winkler, Goethe-Institut Pakistan, and directed and co-curated by Sara-Duana Meyer.
The collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Pakistan and the Lahore Biennale Foundation incites discursive and artistic contributions and interventions related to Pakistan's controversial and contested urban space, recollecting Henri Lefebvre´s “right to the city” for critical discussion, and contribute to a trajectory leading to the Lahore Biennale in 2017 in a series of events. By way of artistic interventions and critical research possibilities, spheres and impediments of public space and its citizens' engagement with Lahore and Karachi will be explored and negotiated.
The objective of “Urbanities” is a critical exploration of the urban and its peculiarities and possibilities under the premise of individual artistic work and research approaches. “Urbanities“ aims to enable a broad audience to engage with contemporary art through discursive and artistic events, to link the emerging artist-curator generation in Pakistan with the scenes in Germany, and to stimulate a lively exchange of discourse and practice.
As a German-Spanish architecture collective, Zoohaus/INTELIGENCIAS COLECTIVAS carry out an investigative and constructive research of urban informal design practices and collective technologies. The outcomes are realized for the use of the community starting November 29, 2016, Pakistan Chowk, Karachi. The IC team, in collaboration with Marvi Mazhar and her team, designed and built an urban structure using local techniques and enganging a human network of more than 30 people.