inter————accions

2017 Extemporaneous Cities I∨∨

October 26,
November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 of 2017

From 15h to 19h
Free entrance with previous inscription at hola@inter-accions.org
Languages: Catalan, Spanish, and English

With Nikos Doulos (Expodium – Amsterdam/Athens), Eva Marichalar-Freixa (Vic), Tihomir Viderman (SkuOR – Viena), Jaime Palomera (La Hidra Cooperativa – Barcelona), Miguel Georgieff (Coloco – Montepellier), Carla Boserman (Barcelona), Despina Sevasti (Athens), Roger Sansi (Barcelona), Sabine Popp (Norway), Gabriela Navas (Observatori d’Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà – Barcelona), Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga (Berlin).

 

Coordinated by Mixité in the framework of Inter-Accions.

Supported by:

 

With the collaboration of:

 

Extemporaneous, from Latin ex tempore (“out of time”), refers to the construction of public discourse, which by the conditions with which it is delivered, it requires certain improvisation. The theory is often implemented in contexts that require certain adaptability to be able to respond successfully to its needs. In this way, contemporary cities as a natural space of revolutionary gazes will force a thoughtful but improvised approach that facilitates the resilient construction of another city.

In this context, this course is a formative proposal that articulates theory, critical thinking, and practice in a program based on collaborative and transdisciplinary practices. It is aimed at people from different fields of work and study (arts, architecture, urbanism, sociology, anthropology, education, etc.) interested in the possibilities that contemporary arts offer when it comes to providing new ways of seeing, tools, and approaches for research in inter-academic spaces. The course aims to provide reflection and critical tools for projects and research processes that are carried out both in institutional and self-managed spaces. Through forms of collaborative learning and following the idea of a laboratory space, we will share and innovate in new forms of political, aesthetic, and social construction based on theory, practice, and experience.

Programme

Session 1 / Octubre 26th

Approaches to the infra-ordinary

#anthropology #public_space #scales #everyday_life

 

Sala d’Art Jove
Carrer de Calàbria, 147

 

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga
http://www.otherspaces.net

Gabriela Navas (Observatori d’Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà)
http://www.antropologia.cat/node/27477

Observatori d’Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà
https://observatoriconflicteurba.org

How should we take account of, question, describe, what happens every day and recurs every day: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? —Georges Perec

Georges Perec introduced the term “infra-ordinary”—as opposed to the extra-ordinary—as the daily realm that often goes unnoticed but needs to be paid attention to and interrogated. This first session of Extemporaneous Cities starts at the smallest of scales, in an attempt to explore a city composed of the daily movements, habits, and shared experiences of its inbabitants, while understanding how those are shaped by but may also shape the built environment around them.

Combining tools and methodologies from anthropology and architecture with artistic vocabularies and approaches, Gabriela Navas and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga draw from their respective research and practices a proposal of different ways of looking at the diverse realities and interconnected scales of the local. The session includes a theoretical exchange and a short exercise in the surrounding public space that will form the basis for a collective discussion on the permanent tension between the planned city and the daily life of the people, as well as the latent possibilities for change in the midst of that.



Session 2 / November 2nd

Locally-embedded learning about politics of space: making a meaningful change

#learning #participation #research #inequality #tools

 

La Negreta del Gòtic
Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc, 21

 

Tihomir Vierdman (SKuOR)

Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space
http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at/

Jaime Palomera (La Hidra Cooperativa)
http://lahidra.net

The unleashed mobility of capital and increased dynamic of production practices might have delivered on the promise of prosperity for some, but they have inevitably entailed silences and absences of vulnerable groups and individuals, who have fallen behind on embracing the competitive paradigm of the free market. They have been sidelined not only symbolically but also physically and socially, as cities have transformed into heavily surveyed and guarded environments reproduced with a growing number of urban frontiers of dispossession, displacement, and marginalization. Nonetheless, the hope for a more equal and inclusive urban space has been enshrined in social sciences and planning related disciplines. Its promise is believed to reside in places of collective creation and action that are fought for along multiple identity lines. To engage in meaningful research at such places means to break the elitist boundaries of professionally closed disciplines in favor of more inclusive approaches to knowledge production. Yet engagement in such places is inescapably loaded with ambiguities stemming from the binary of opposition and co-optation, as civic initiatives seem to have become institutional agents in the reconfiguration of urban governance. Radical political theory proved a productive framework for reflecting on political participation away from such binaries associated with narrowly understood politics of space. In this perspective, a difference is produced by political subjects who are continually committed to grounding the unconditional equality as “lived and effective” and not simply “represented” within a particular set of institutions.

How do our research practices respond to the challenge of creating social urban spaces of unconditional equality? This debate will introduce a heritage of radical pedagogies as a radically new dimension to conventional disciplines involved in planning a city’s space which might provide methodologies for enhancing embodied, intuitive and explorative learning. Participants will be invited to engage in an exchange about their insights from research in lived space bringing it into dialectics with theoretical notions of politics of space.



Session 3 / November 9th

Collective dimensions of the landscape: project, presence and perspectives:
How to catch the multiples realities of time in a participatory intervention?

#landscape #drawing #fiction #common #public_space

 

Homesession
Carrer Creu dels Molers, 15 local

 

Miguel Georgieff – Coloco
http://www.coloco.org

Carla Boserman
http://www.carlaboserman.net

«L’avenir n’est jamais que du présent
à mettre en ordre. Tu n’as pas à le prévoir, mais à le permettre»

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle

The participatory dimension of the landscape as a common good and as a subject of projection is included in its methodology, naturally, as a social construction that has been developed on its historical context. From a creative point of view, encompassing the collective dimension needs a vision of understanding the past and the context, an action and presence as a catalyst for collective energies of construction and a vision of evolution perspectives over long times, beyond the possible sustainability from the human point of view.

To understand the past, to be efficient in the present, and to integrate the unknowns of the future as a dynamic of collective responsibility open questions and investigations that break the current disciplines and categories. How will we act?

” L’apparition d’une nouvèle ère appelée Anthropocène renvoie à l’impact des activités humaines sur le système terrestre : réchauffement climatique, déforestation, pollutions ; c’est la structure même de la planète qui se voit modifiée par l’espèce humaine, désormais prédominante sur toute autre force géologique ou naturelle.  Mais le concept d’Anthropocène pointe un paradoxe : plus l’impact collectif de l’espèce est fort et réel, moins l’individu contemporain se sent capable de produire des effets sur la réalité qui l’entoure.”

Nicolas Bourriaud, revue Stream 03, Habiter l’Anthropocène, 2014.



Session 4 / November 16th

Performing City Entitlement

#performance #cultural_cities #athens #barcelona

 

Facultat de Belles Arts
Carrer Adolf Florensa, 8. AULA 1

 

Roger Sansi i Josep Lluis Lancina

Despina Sevasti
http://www.despinasevasti.com

Despina Sevasti and Roger Sansi, together with Josep Lluis Lancina, propose to us a performed class about the recent cultural context of Barcelona and Athens: What is the role of the big cultural events (for example, Documenta14) in the transformation of the city? Which speech and counter-speech forms are generated in infamous contemporary cultural events? Which cultural policies answer discursivelly to the “crisis” of each city? This session will share space with first year students of the Fine Arts degree and with the Athropology of art subject of the University of Barcelona.



Session 5 / November 23rd – 5pm to 9pm

Cinematic amplifications to a colonized nocturnal cosmos

#nightwalk #capitalism #experience #production_time

 

Espai Germanetes
Carre Viladomat, 142

 

Nikos Doulos
http://www.expodium.nl

Eva Marichalar-Freixa
http://www.evamarichalarfreixa.com

Given that the notion of “productive time” has been catering capitalistic regimes for years, we are now more than ever conditioned to live in a world where working everyday has effectively infiltrated the night by forcing us into a world of permanent illumination that threatens to disenchant the nocturnal cosmos and eliminate darkness as a promise. This predicament calls for an urgent reconfiguration of all ideas that frame and entrap productivity as well as a necessity to claim time and space as something beyond operatives and sustain modes of imagining as subjects and social beings.

Cinematic amplifications to a colonized nocturnal cosmos is an exercise on experiencing and imagining living through the cinematic qualities city life evokes. Through a four-hour workshop (including textual & filmic references, discussions, and an interactive/participatory night stroll), Nikos Doulos & Eva Marichalar-Freixa will attempt to bring to the surface long-lost ways of seeing, thinking, and getting inspired by the nightscapes of Barcelona.

Participants must bring warm and comfortable wear and be ready for a 1-2 hour walk. Also, please bring mobile phones (Whatsapp) and headphones with you.



Session 6 / November 30th

Squarepoetry (and the agency of matter)

#ecologies #experiment #matter #agency #framing

 

Arts Santa Mònica
La Rambla, 7 (Sala d’Actes)

 

Sabine Popp
http://bergenateliergruppe.no/sabine-popp

The concept of the frame is applied in art and science alike to achieve understanding and to intensify the experience of what is inside (and outside) of it. It helps to put things in systems which make them comparable. The square is applied in biological fieldwork by randomly throwing it on an area to count its content. Confusion would be without a frame. A limitless space is impossible to count. To count means to give an account. Without frames narratives would meander endlessly. As they do in life. The session will apply frames in the attempt to grasp something of the complexity of the banal and chaotic systems of the immediate surroundings.

Sabine Popp looks in her current project Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes) at forrests of makroalgae from different perspectives – defined by economic, scientific and aesthetic interests – following marine biologists on their fieldwork, setting up physical experiments in her studio and testing the in-and- out-of- synch of narrative and visual timelines in the search of unexpected encounters. How does the question of what you look for decide what you find, and how do different ecologies – of the social, of the mind and of matter – come together, overlap or contradict eachother?

After an introductory presentation to the session we’ll test and invent varieties of frames to apply them in the street, and bring back a document of this to the enclosed space to see them work together, and to discuss what escapes them.



Participants

Gabriela Navas
http://www.antropologia.cat/node/27477

Architect and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona, Gabriela Navas is coordinator of the Research Group on Anthropology and Architecture of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology. Her line of research is the political economy of architectural production and the social impacts in urban reforms. She has published scientific articles on the subject and delivered courses that address the linkage of large urban projects in the management mechanisms and appropriations of space from everyday life. She has also worked in consultancies on the activation of urban centralities and informal neighborhood regulation in Latin American context. She is also member of the Observatory of Anthropology of Urban Conflict (OACU), Research Group on Exclusion and Social Control of the University of Barcelona (GRECS), the Catalan Institute of Anthropology (ICA), and the International Research Group on Architecture and Society (GIRAS).

 

Observatory of Anthropology of Urban Conflict
https://observatoriconflicteurba.org

The Observatory of Anthropology of Urban Conflict (OACU) is a research group composed of researchers and independent professionals belonging to several international research centers. The main challenge of the group is to activate and promote the study of the city and its social conflict by making the perspectives of urban anthropology, sociology, architecture, urbanism, human geography, criminology, etc. The OACU has coordinated and carried out different socio-anthropological research projects financed by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the City Council of Barcelona, the Inventory of the Ethnological Patrimony of Catalonia, the Institut Ramon Muntaner, and the Catalan Institute of Anthropology. More recently, the group has coordinated different courses of specialization in Urban Anthropology and published different books. 

 

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga
http://www.otherspaces.net

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga works between the realms of art, architecture, and urban research to explore the possibilities inherent in the intersections between social and physical spaces. Such context specificity finds working manifestation in curation, artistic production, and collaborative organization, all of which point to an interest in structure as a dynamic of living and working together.

In 2006, Fotini co-founded PROGRAM—an initiative for art and architecture collaborations in Berlin. She was also one of the organizers of HomeShop, an artist-run space in Beijing, active from 2008–2013. She has been part of the organizing committee of The Public School Berlin and co-organized A Public Library in Berlin in 2015. She was a grantee at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts (2012–2013) and is a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2015–2017).

 

Tihomir Viderman

Architect, planner, and researcher for a number of years, Tihomir Viderman has been engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching with a focus on culturally inclusive and emancipatory approaches to working with urban spaces. His interests lie in involved, intuitive, and explorative learning in lived environments, which is open in terms of result and reflexive of the agency of professionals in constituting or curbing cultural difference. He is editor (with Sabine Knierbein) of the volume titled, “Public Space Unbound. Urban emancipation and the post-political condition,” which is slated to be published in 2018 with Routledge, and a doctoral candidate with the project “Mental (re)production of Red Vienna: Dialectics between urban activism and planning in Vienna’s social democracy” at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Wien (Technische Universität Wien).

 

Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR)
http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at/

From TU Wien (Technische Universität Wien), SKuOR is active in urban research and academic-level education in Vienna, Austria, advocating a socio-political engagement in public space as relational space, which encompasses both physical arrangements and social space. It is pioneering in hands-on and action-based approaches to education and politics of space, pursuing an in-depth analysis of the plurality of knowledge and cultures in a transdisciplinary manner – within the university, between scholarship and practice, or from within the complexity of urban research. Its research and teaching activities have been intertwined with the City of Vienna’s Visiting Professorship for Urban Cultures and Public Space which systematically seeks to bring international perspectives on urban space into dialectics with Vienna’s lived space.

 

Jaime Palomera (La Hidra Cooperativa)
http://lahidra.net 

Jaime Palomera coordinates the department of education of La Hidra cooperative. He has a PhD in Economic Anthropology and specialized in housing, urban transformation, and real estate-financial sector.

La Hidra Cooperativa is a political company that works in urban transformation, with the objective of joining to the set of professional and social practices that want to guarantee the right to the city. They are part of The Foundation of the Commons, a network formed by areas of self-training, research, and editing. The action of La Hidra is based on three services they offer to public, community or private entities: research, consultancy, and training. Through their work, they want to produce practical knowledge, intended to intervene in three strategic areas: urban economy, common goods, and peripheries. The work in these areas constitutes a critique of urban political economy, producing tools, data, and knowledge to identify the origins of urban inequalities and propose alternatives.

 

Miguel Georgieff 

As Landscaper, Miguel Georgieff founded the collective Coloco with two partners in the year 2000. Working with multidisciplinary teams, his work focuses on landscape performances at all scales. In Coloco he develops projects of research, development, and participatory construction, emphasizing the meeting between the objectives of the communities and the inhabitants. Strategic studies for the integration of nature in urban areas have been central to recent work and collaborations with Gilles Clément in Lyon, Montpellier or Saint Etienne. Miguel Georgieff taught for thirteen years with Gilles Clément where they developed the works in the great territories of the Ecole du Paysage of Versailles. The current research with Gilles Clément continues in Lecce, Italy, on the idea of indecision as the motor of collective construction, with the creation of the Scuola del Terzo Luogo.

 

Coloco
http://www.coloco.org

Coloco brings together landscapers, urbanists, botanists, gardeners, and artists in a workshop of contemporary landscapes. From territorial strategies to the construction of gardens, they establish a relationship of continuity between scales and actors: the landscape is the set of living beings under the eyes of humans. The landscape, which is a common good, unites us all without exception. That is why they invite participants to work from that perspective. Maps, gardens or public policy, they lead the co-construction of these collective works that contribute to making our landscapes welcoming environments for biological and cultural diversity. Coloco has a vast network of experts, from botanical activism to ecological engineering. Coloco was created in 1999 as an independent collective, and in 2006, it acquired a SARL company to strengthen its operations and develop public contracts. Placing alone or associated with study groups or project management, it works with an international level efficiency. Coloco also knows how to create and accompany more polymorphous projects, bringing together public services, associations, activists, and volunteers to explore new relationships in collective reflection and construction. Coloco also devotes an important part of their work to the transmission and teaching of the view that we all participate in different formal and informal spaces.

 

Carla Boserman
http://www.carlaboserman.net

She is a teacher and coordinator of the Art Department at the BAU, University of Barcelona Design Center. She has been part of the Objetologías project, and participates in GREDITS (Research Group in Design and Social Transformation) where she is conducting doctoral research on epistemic objects and rare methodologies in art and design.

As a graphic reporter, she has participated in various projects and cultural spaces sensitive to experimental and collaborative practices such as Medialab-Prado and the Network of Collective Architectures. She has collaborated in pedagogical projects at the Vostell Malpartida Museum, MACBA, La aventura de aprender and lately in the CCCBLab with the project #Futurnet. For some time, she has collaborated on a project of culinary archives and political memory of the Barceloneta neighborhood. She writes, draws everything she can and has plans to take up pottery.

 

Roger Sansi & Josep Lluís Lancina

Rogser Sansi is a professor at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Barcelona. He has done research on Afro-Brazilian religion and culture, the concept of “fetish,” and is currently doing research on art and politics in Barcelona. His publications include Fetishes and Monuments (Berghahn, 2008), Sorcery in the Black Atlantic (University of Chicago press 2011), Money and Personalism in the Lusophone World (New England UP 2012), and Art, Anthropology and the Gift (Bloosmbury, 2015).

Josep Lluís Lancina is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Department of Anthropology of the UB. He has done research on the relationships between “authenticity” and “musical identity,” and between “musical identity” and “local identity.” He is currently researching body movement in musical performances performed in various Barcelona music scenes. He is the author of the article, “In La Roca, hardcore is culture. DIY practices and the construction of a local identity” (Cuadernos de Arte y Antropolgía, Vol 6, No. 1, 2017).

 

Despina Sevasti
http://www.despinasevasti.com 

Artist and educator usually based in Athens, Despina Sevasti is working with performance, text, painting, video, photography, sound, and whatever else makes sense, trying to quell her long-time obsessions: The ideology of “Greekness,” “crisis,” “white democracy,” the politics of teaching, feminism, archaeology, and other fun stuff. She has pursued her studies at the Dutch Art Institute (MA Art Praxis, 2017), Goldsmiths College (MA Contemporary Art Theory, 2006), Athens School of Fine Arts (BA Sculpture, 2004) and the University of Athens (BA Archaeology & History of Art, 1999). Despina has been teaching art foundation classes, painting, art history & theory in a variety of educational institutions in Athens since 2002. Though teaching is a significant part of her practice and her favorite labor, further professional endeavors include: Curator for the A-Station, Athens Centre for Contemporary Art (2002-2004); Project Manager for the 1st Athens Biennale “Destroy Athens” (2007-8); and Head of Communications for the 3rd Athens Biennale “Monodrome” (2011).

 

Nikos Doulos
http://www.expodium.nl

Nikos Doulos is an Amsterdam-based artist, born and raised in Athens. His interest lies in inclusive modes of knowledge production achieved through discursive practices and temporal interventions. In his work, he creates malleable situations/conditions as participatory infrastructures and “soft” knowledge generators. Walking holds a dominant place in his practice. His is the founder of NIGHTWALKERS – a collectively practiced nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the flanêur.

He predominately engages on research trajectories under the umbrella of Expodium – an urban do tank investigating the role of the arts in urban transition areas. He teaches periodically at Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki and he is the coordinator of Roaming Assembly – DAI Roaming Academy’s public program. He is currently a resident artist at Capacete-Athens (Athens, May – November 2017). His current research is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund.

 

Eva Marichalar-Freixa
http://www.evamarichalarfreixa.com

Devoted to education and the arts from a multidisciplinary perspective, Eva Maricharlar since 2003 has been a lecturer of the Department of Didactics of Arts and Sciences of the Faculty of Education, Translation and Human Sciences of the University of Vic-Central Central University of Catalonia, where she also serves as the Artistic Director of the Theatre Workshop. In 2013, she submitted her Final Project of the Master’s Degree in Inclusive Education, entitled Learning and creation through wandering: the Mussol experience, in which she carries out the initial stages of research into the pedagogical dimension of walking as an aesthetic practice. Since then, her artistic and academic research has mainly focused on walking practices and live arts, laying the foundations for her PhD, which researches bridges of communication between street arts and training processes outside the classroom.

She lectures in Arts and Community, one of the subjects of the Master’s Degree in Street Art Creation of the University of Lleida and FiraTàrrega. In recent years, she has also collaborated as a workshop instructor and facilitator in various training initiatives of the FiraTàrrega. In 2012, together with the visual artist Jordi Lafon, she founded Deriva Mussol, an initiative that encourages wandering as an opportunity to generate and share learning and creative processes, and which forms part of the Nursery Project of ACVic, Contemporary Arts Centre.

She writes, directs and performs pieces for her project Virginia Fochs, as well as for other artists or companies. Instability, improvisation, and movement are elements with which she feels comfortable and which often accompany her in a dialogue that oscillates between an introspective process focused on the research of origins and an outward-looking process related to social and community practices.

 

Sabine Popp
http://bergenateliergruppe.no/sabine-popp
http://topographies.khib.no/participants/sabine-popp-khib

Sabine Popp is a visual artist and current research fellow at the Department of Fine Art at the University of Bergen, Norway – Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes). Her practice has been mainly based on site-specific temporary projects, following her interest in life in the High North and human beings’ engagement with their physical surroundings, often to be traced in working tasks and daily routines. She investigates transitional processes in materiality and their entanglements with socio-political changes.