New Beauty Council at Gallery Index

Staging Herstories and Futures

On October 23rd NBC – The New Beauty Council gives a lecture and performs a workshop at Gallery Index, Kungsbro strand 19, Stockholm.

The event is a co-arrangement between Architecture in Effect and the course Architecture and Gender, Critical Studies in Architecture at KTH.

Time: 4-7 pm

The event is public, however space is limited, so please be on time (or before). SUBWAY T-Centralen EXIT Centralstationen, Klarabergsviadukten alt: SUBWAY Rådhuset EXIT Kungsholmsgatan

In this lecture NBC specifically addresses the subject of the construction of taste, beauty and ugliness. Another aspect brought forward is how we can change the experience of the urban landscape through artistic tactics, with alternative movements and by taking place with our bodies. We also talk about how value only exists if someone or something articulates it. How are, for example, values of tolerance and intolerance articulated in the city scape? We present ideas on how to think about the urban built environment in relation to how spaces and the city itself can be seen as using dresses to become what it wants, and how we can re-dress it so it becomes what we want (And what we want is a radically inclusive pluralistic vivid non-coherent non-patriarchal living city).

Background reading:

Occupy Wall Street: Carnival Against Capital? Carnivalesque as Protest Sensibility by curator Claire Tancons. Online link:

There Is Some Accounting For Taste in Objects Journal of Applied Art, Berlin, Issue 4, 2010 Craft Poetry. by The New Beauty Council.

The New Beauty Council (NBC) is an art project and collaborative initiative that explores in which ways architecture is charged with authority, as a stage of built situations, both serving and suppressing our actions and ways of relating. Through conversations and staged situations NBC investigates how concepts of the public are constituted and how beauty and ugliness can be (re-)defined. Operating within a contemporary art scene, using artistic strategies and processes to create art projects through collaborative processes, NBC often acts as a bridge between a broad audience, research and the formal powers and grassroots initiatives. With a broad network NBC is organizing projects in which researchers, artists, technology and grassroots innovators work with designers and architects to creating visions, re-imagining sustainable futures.

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