A cat stands on part of the remains of the 15-story Al-Basha Tower which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on August 26, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
In an overcrowded and claustrophobic city, social space becomes both a geographical and a psychological phenomenon. The latter dimension is perhaps more apparent in a city such as London, where traditionally, different classes, cultures, and ethnicities have tended to live cheek by jowl in many areas, in contrast to the ghettoisation of cities, e.g., in the USA. This heterogeneity is, however, very clearly the target of the next phase of capitalist valorisation in London.
Source: 3:AM Magazine
"Subversive Opportunism" - seminar on critical spatial practices
2014. 08. 23
August 23rd, Saturday, 15 - 20 val.
CAC Reading room, Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius
On Saturday afternoon, August 23rd, Architecture [Publication] Fund invites you to the CAC Reading room to explore the notion of dissidence in the context of contemporary design, architecture and other spatial practices. The focus of this seminar is creative, disobedient or liberating tactics, that are being situated in the midst of prevailing ideology of neoliberal economy and media-saturated society. What kind of long-term and essential changes opportunistically behaving contemporary dissident is better capable of envisioning?
Taking as an inspiration the Architecture Fund lecture series “Dissidence through Architecture”, which provided an in-depth overview of attempts by architects in the former Socialist block to create outstanding nonconformistic projects, we will seek to define the context that architects, designers, other cultural practitioners operate today in.
Five invited speakers-writers from Berlin, London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Istanbul will share the strategies of their practice and present different case studies. Ethel Baraona Pohl, co-curator of this year’s “Think Space” festival in Zagreb and co-founder of “dpr-barcelona" publishing house will talk about newly formed architectural initiatives, that react to the situation here and now, and also exploit the endless possibilities provided by social media and other technologies. Manuel Bürger, who is visual designer and communication strategist of transmediale festival in Berlin among many other activities, will present his “Slippery Design” concept - how formats of mass media communication, such as memes or instagram, and their pre-implemented design decisions can be taken to criticize the power structures that create them. Eray Çayli will present three different case studies of architectural projects in Istanbul, where its actors collaborating with authorities or corporate investors rather than defying them, use and shift the notion of public space itself. Architect and founder of Architecture Association’s newspaper “Fulcrum” Jack Self will look into the role of the architect today by analyzing the social contract implicit in current housing mechanism.
The seminar will be moderated by Tor Lindstrand and Håkan Nilsson, participants of the research project “Space, Ideology and Power”at Södertörn University, Stockholm. They will also speak about the urban development tendencies in Swedish cities, and how the tradition of problem solving within the discourse of architecture – being fundamentally affirmative and servicing – collides with the need of more critical approaches and practices.
Seminar starts: 15.00
Organizers: Architektūros fondas and Vilnius university
A[L]F04 „Dissidence through Architecture“ editors: Marija Drėmaitė and Viktorija Šiaulytė
Supported by: Lithuanian Cultural Council, Lithuanian Research Council, project Nr. MIP-13527
More information: www.archfondas.lt
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“…when you’re looking at live footage of a city in your country where people are being ASSAULTED by the police - side with the people.”
A woman sleeps with her baby on sidewalk at a market in Mumbai, India on August 13, 2014. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)