Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

On the Autonomous City: Video

In March 2012, I was lucky enough to speak at KTH in Stockholm as part of a seminar series on “City Axioms” organized by the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Stockholm (as well as KTH and White’s Architectural Firm). I spoke in a session on “Insurgency and Public Space” with Jeffrey Hou, Maple Razsa and Karin Bradley. My talk examined the radical possibilities of an autonomous urbanism and is now available as a video. I spoke in particular about squatting and other occupation-based practices and the talk was framed around questions of autonomy, precarity, and urban informality. I’ve written up the talk as two separate papers which I hope will appear in published form in the next year. I’ve linked to the video of the entire session here. The whole session, I hope, is of interest to anyone working on radical urban politics and the right to the city.

 

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