Spatial Politics: On Commons and Public Spaces (Restless Futures)

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22 May 2015

6pm to 8pm

Increasingly under neoliberal attack urban public spaces become simultaneously the terrain of violent conflicts, the loci of urban movements, and testing grounds of critical political models. The notion and spatial materialisation of the commons, often springing from urban movements and public spaces, is perceived as a defence towards the neoliberal enclosures, as a creative power that shapes our reality and future possibilities and as embodiment of critical democracy. We are examining the idea of the commons, their contemporary relevance as spatial practices and the relation between the commons and public space.  The event opens with a talk by Stavros Stavrides and is followed by a film screening by Orsalia Dimitriou.

This event is free and open to the public. 
Tickets are avaliable through the Platform Theatre box office

This event is a part of the Restless Futures programme.

About Stavros Stavrides:
Stavros Stavrides is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens Greece. He has published numerous books and articles on spatial theory: The Symbolic Relation to Space (Athens, 1990), Advertising and the Meaning of Space (Athens, 1996), The Texture of Things (Athens, 1996) and From the City-as-Screen to the City-as-Stage (Athens, 2002 National Book Award), Suspended Spaces of Alterity (2010) and Towards the City of Thresholds (In English, 2010), Common Space, Zed books (forthcoming). His research is currently focused on forms of emancipating spatial practices and urban commoning.

About Orsalia Dimitriou:
Orsalia Dimitriou is a practicing architect and an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Oxford Brookes University.  Avaton (2011) and Diavaton( 2014) are two films that form part of her PhD research in Goldsmiths University of London. The films examine the relationship between public spaces, commons and social movements in the city of Athens during an extremely challenging period marked by the violent urban riots of 2008 and the indignant movement of 2011.  The films follow different actors as they compete for the use, occupation and control of urban space questioning the statutory definition of public sphere and the incumbent democratic model.