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Clandestine Talk – Surplus


Online talk with

Francelle Cane, Ludwig Engel, Hannes Grassegger, Marija Maric, Markus Miessen



Lara Favaretto’s series of ‘clandestine talks’ are intended to deconstruct fifty ‘key words’ via a hidden discourse that takes place – according to the artist’s instructions – in a ‘bunker-like’ environment (an undisclosed, protected, and soundproof location within or close to the institution). These ‘key words’ are described by the artist as ‘vital and relevant to dissecting and redefining our present moment’. Each discussion involves three to seven participants, meeting behind closed doors and without a public audience for an undefined period of time during one day. The speakers are rigorously selected by the artist, connecting a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise to bring together different perspectives on the subjects. Each talk is broadcast as a live audio stream, as well as being transcribed and published on the website

Francelle Cane is an architect and researcher mainly active in Brussels and Luxembourg. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Luxembourg where she also teaches, carrying out her research as part of the Chair of Urban Regeneration in Esch-sur-Alzette. Her practice focuses on transversal and multidisciplinary research activities tied to the question of ruin: she advocates for a critical spatial design approach, concentrating on issues such as late capitalism, spatial policies or the man-altered landscape. She is the author of Machine opérationnelle (FWB, 2021), The World as a Pavilion. Vjenceslav Richter (Koenig Books, 2020, with Meštrić and Strauven) and Enter the Modern Landscape (Bozar, 2019, with Fisher and Strauven).

Ludwig Engel is a futurologist and urbanist based in Amsterdam. Together with a dense network of collaborators, his post-disciplinary practice spans from teaching, researching, curating, writing, publishing to organising workshops, conferences, discourse platforms and advising companies and public institutions on the impact of futures and utopias for society’s capabilities to act and design a better tomorrow.

Hannes Grassegger is an economist and award-winning technology reporter based in Switzerland. He investigates the mechanisms and societal effects of technological disruption, tensions between liberty and digitalisation, and the impact of tools like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain or microtargeting. He is author of Das Kapital bin Ich I am Capital (2014). Hannes is a staff reporter for Switzerland’s leading weekly Das Magazin (Zürich).

Marija Maric is an architect, working as a postdoctoral research associate at the Master in Architecture Programme of the University of Luxembourg. In 2020, she obtained her doctoral degree from the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich. Her dissertation, titled ‘Real Estate Fiction. Branding Industries and the Construction of Global Urban Imaginaries’ examined the role of communication strategists in the mediation, design and globalisation of the built environment. Marija's research is organised around the questions of property, real estate, media, and the production of built environment and urban imaginaries in the context of global capitalism and global flow of information.

Markus Miessen is an architect, writer, and Professor of Urban Regeneration at the University of Luxembourg, where he holds the chair of the City of Esch ( His work revolves around questions of critical spatial practice, institution building, and spatial politics. Amongst many other books and writings, Miessen is the author of The Nightmare of Participation and Crossbenching: Towards Participation as Critical Spatial Practice, both published by Sternberg Press and Merve Verlag, Berlin.

La série de « discussions clandestines » vise à déconstruire cinquante « mots-clés » en s’appuyant sur un discours caché qui se déploie, selon les instructions de l’artiste, dans un cadre « semblable à un bunker » (un endroit secret, protégé et insonorisé, à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur de l’institution).
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