Reclaiming the City

As daily life’s flow changed our perception of space, human relationship with built environment was transformed – and, at times deformed. Following fierce arguments on social space and the right to the city, it is argued that urban space can be hacked, opening up novel ways of producing space. Yet, in the connected world of today, with the ubiquitousness of many services and a lesser obligation for the labour to stay in the cities, a multi-dimensional conversation is needed to understand the new urban. While some cities develop more democratic platforms that allow all the different voices to be heard; for some other cities, the lack of participation causes more alternative searches. This leads to different situations in terms of possibilities and impossibilities rather than a better or worse condition. On extreme dystopic circumstances, lies the complete destruction of the urban memory/space, as in various cities around the world, the power struggle readily reflects on to the built environment, with the State encouraging the erasing/eradicating/scratching/straining of the space and even re-inventing of the memories. This session wants to initiate a broad dialogue followed by an open-format forum with on the struggle to reclaim the city, physically or mnemonically, ranging from the artworks as part of our urban memory or getting our right of way on the metropolitan pavements.

moderated by:  
Herkes için Mimarlık (Architecture For All)
Yaygara Güncel Sanat İnisiyatifi
Sokak Bizim
Cluster Cairo
Workshops of Culture
Ha Za Vu Zu

Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği (HiM) (Architecture for All Association), (2011, İstanbul); is a platform where student volunteers and professionals can come together and bring social problems encountered in the country and the world in a creative way to the agenda, raise awareness about these problems and act to produce solutions from the fields of architecture and design. In urban and rural areas, it wants to increase the awareness of architecture in society by encouraging participatory mechanisms that are lacking in the design, planning and construction processes of the projects.

Established in Istanbul in 2005, collective Ha Za Vu Zu creates a simple and practical working model around artistic disciplines including music, video, performance and design. Ha Za Vu Zu’s past solo exhibitions include Masa Project (2009); Gymnastic: collective and rhythmic, Hafriyat Karaköy (2008); Lokaal01, Antwerp (2008); and We Are Getting Vocalized, Galerist, Istanbul (2007). They have also participated in various performances and group exhibitions including What a Loop, Münchner Kammerspiele, Germany (2010); When Ideas Become Crime, Depo, Istanbul (2010); 10th International Baltic Art Triennial, Vilnius (2009); Different Similarity / End Game, 10th Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2009); Gallery Loop, Seoul (2009); Kaserne Basel (2008); Mercy, Liverpool (2008); Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (2008); Triennale Bovisa, Milan (2008); and the 10th International Istanbul Biennial.
Yaygara kaçamak tartışmaların yaşandığı ve yaşanacağı gezgin bir kulübedir. Henüz bir adresi yoktur. Ama bu bir olumsuzluk değil bir talihtir. Her yer ‘Yaygara’ mekanı, her şey ‘Yaygara’ konusu ve her an, kopmaya hazır bir ‘Yaygara’dır. Elbette ki her oluşum da olduğu gibi ‘Yaygara’nın da gerekçeleri ve bileşenleri bulunmaktadır. Bu gerekçeler öncelikle bir yere ait olma, o yerin içini doldurma ve bu tortuyu görünür kılmak olarak ta özetlenebilir. Bu anlamda ‘Yaygara’ yaşadığı kentle ilişkilerini sanat üzerinden kurmayı amaçlayan bir paylaşım ortamıdır.
CLUSTER — Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research aims at establishing a critical space for urban discourse. CLUSTER engages critical theorization while being grounded in professional practice, negotiating the blurred boundaries between formal/institutional regulations and everyday urban informality

Workshops of Culture  We are a municipal cultural institution of Lublin that was created through the division of the Centre for Culture in Lublin. Between 2009-2012  we were a branch of  the Centre for Culture. Today we are a completely autonomous cultural institution of Lublin.  We operate under the name Workshops of Culture, which determines the very goals we aim to achieve. On principle, our programming focuses on promoting the practice of “active culture”.  To do so, we intend to create a cultural offer that is tailored to individual recipients, to residents wishing to participate actively in the cultural life of the city and to broaden their knowledge at the same time. We keenly endorse and eagerly implement long-term development plans based on the sense of community shared by Lublin’s cultural operators and recipients of culture alike, acting together and supporting each other. Liaising and networking with Polish and international partners, we become exposed to already established and highly efficient methods of cultural education, management, and animation. In addition, through extensive analysis of local needs we thoughtfully transplant and introduce the most reliable, sustainable, and fitting models to Lublin. Furthermore, we are committed to sharing our experience and expertise with other communities, both at home and abroad, in particular with Eastern Europe. Everyday application of modern technologies in cultural education and in promotion of cultural heritage constitutes the core of our mission. We strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism, ensuring that our activities are interactive, interdisciplinary, innovative, constantly evolving, and always partnership-centred.

Sokak Bizim Association is a non governmental organisation aims to reach more livable cities through developing alternative solutions to urban problems. In order to reach this aim Sokak Bizim considers streets, which are the smallest units of the city, as a starting point and believes that change starts from the streets. In order to make change, SokakBizim uses creative and participatory methods. First creates awareness on people, than
makes people act. For this purpose, the association organises events, develops campaigns and projects. The primarily fields of activity of Sokak Bizim are public spaces, streets, street culture, pedestrian&bicycle transportation.

KABA HAT is a formation of handful artists who come together for making exhibitions or events as such without the presence of a gallery, a curator or any form of an agent.

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Yaygara Güncel Sanat İnisiyatifi, Sokak Bizim, Cluster Cairo, Workshops of Culture, Ha Za Vu Zu, KABA HAT

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