Speech in Mo i Rana (Norway)

mo i rana

I was invited to contribute to an upcoming event on the ‘Campus Helgeland’ in Mo i Rana (Norway), on October 24th-26th 2014.

About the event:

A gathering of the ar(c)t(ic) tribes II is a seminar on contemporary art, urban development and social change, focusing on art projects in public spaces. What happens when artists intervene directly in society? What is the connection between sustainability and art, e.g. in community development in a local context? Is it possible for art to be an agent for social change?

Target audience: Artists, architects, curators, art historians, employees of museums and art institutions, members of art associations, teachers and other public servants and decision-makers.

Read more on the facebook page of the event: click here

About my contribution: “Cities as anthroposcenes and urban resilience”

In contrast to neoliberal “Creative Class” discourses and “Creative City” policies, attempts towards “Creative Sustainable Cities” should strive to develop urban resilience. I will introduce this perspective and share some preliminary impressions from my ongoing exploration of a few cities around the world, where artists and others are trying to develop urban ‘spaces of possibilities’ with diverse scopes and scales. I will sketch some of the ways in which these cities are engaged with by individuals, groups or coalitions of artists and others , involving a range of relationships to cities as ‘anthroposcenes’ and of potentials for socially transformative effects.

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