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November 12 – 21, 2009, New York City

Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture
Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces

as a part of Performa 2009

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The transformation of the urban landscape within the last decades has increasingly been dominated by the demands of capitalist utilization. Due to the current crisis, however, which goes far beyond a mere crisis of the real estate and financial market, these neoliberal politics and attendant forms of production of space have been subject to a loss of legitimation. For this reason, not only do the dominance and promises of the privatization model, the free market and private property have to be questioned, but also the conventions of the space-producing professions that follow and materialize these policies.

In this context the event “Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture” takes up the task of exploring possibilities and conditions of a socially committed architectural practice. Therefore the narrow boundaries of the profession have to be left behind. We hence invite activists, geographers, architects, planners, and economists representing different critical approaches to discuss and develop concepts and practices that not only try to oppose and challenge the capitalist mode of production of space, but also try to go beyond it – strategies of de-commodification, re-appropriation and alternative production of space. We will look at already existing spatial actions of resistance as well as search for possibilities to further theorize them: How can these strategies and alternative practices be turned into social and political forces towards post-capitalist spaces?

All events are public. All those interested are welcome.
Free dinner will be served during discussion evenings.
An exhibition and a reading corner will support and document the discussions.

Program and Audios

Wednesday, November 11 // 6 pm
Opening Reception

Thursday, November 12 // 7 pm
The Decommodification of Housing
Discussion with James deFilippis, geographer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick · Esther Wang of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, New York

listen to the talk of James deFilippis (20min)
listen to the talk of Esther Wang (30min)

Friday, November 13 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by Lize Mogel, An Atlas of Radical Cartography

What does a post-capitalist city look like? Participate in cut-and-paste urban DEplanning and REplanning on a big map of NYC.

Saturday, November 14 // 7 pm
The Real Estate Crisis, Private Property and the Prospects of Planning
Discussion with David Kotz, economist, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Teddy Cruz, architect, San Diego

listen to the talk of David Kotz (20min)
see presentation (unfortunately we did not record the first minutes, the talk now starts with slide 5)
listen to the talk of Teddy Cruz (20min)

Sunday, November 15 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by An Architektur

Short films of urban actions we did in the mid 1990s in Berlin: "Rückbau X. Preemptive, non-authorized protest demolition of the former GDR foreign ministry at Schloßplatz Berlin" and "Temporary Extension" in Berlin-Mitte as part of the City Actions Days.

Monday, November 16 // 7 pm
On the Commons: Taking versus Granting Rights
Discussion with Peter Linebaugh, historian, University of Toledo · Brett Bloom of Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, Urbana · Rob Robinson of Picture the Homeless, New York

listen to the talk of Peter Linebaugh (20min)
listen to the talk of Rob Robinson (20min)
listen to the talk of Brett Bloom (20min)
see presentation

Tuesday, November 17 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by common room

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Wednesday, November 18 // 7 pm
Territory as a Means of Struggle
Discussion with Veronica Dorsey and Ashley Hufnagel of United Workers, Baltimore · Neil Smith, geographer, City University New York

listen to the talk of Veronica Dorsey (20min)
listen to the comment of Neil Smith (15min)

Thursday, November 19 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO architecture

An evening of film footage and musical improvisation exploring hidden connections along the water ways of New York City

Musical Improvisation by Joe Warner

Friday, November 20 // 7 pm
Reclaiming Capitalist Spaces
Discussion with Janelle Cornwell and Julie Graham, geographers, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Max Rameau of Take Back the Land, Miami

listen to the talk of Janelle Cornwell (15min)
see presentation of Janelle Cornwell
listen to the talk of Max Rameau (20min)

Saturday, November 21 // 12 pm
Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces
Lecture by David Harvey, geographer, City University New York, 12 pm

listen to the talk of David Harvey (50min)
listen to the questions / discussion (50min)

Workshops with special guests, 2 - 6 pm
Final presentation and discussion, 7 pm
Party, 10 pm

Location: Gair Building No 6, 81 Front Street , Brook l yn NY 11201 / York stop on the F Train


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a project by:

organized by Oliver Clemens, Sabine Horlitz, Anita Kaspar, Kim Förster

Commissioned by Performa. Presented by Performa and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Supported by the Graham Foundation, IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and Two Trees Management, Inc

Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.