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The Obra Social Manual

28-Jan-17

Book translation, 2016

Related projects: Dignity / Dignidad, The Reclaiming Workshop

The Obra Social Manual, a 25-page manual of civil disobedience on the tactics of recuperating houses- a direct action how-to. The manual describes the tactics of the Obra Social campaign launched by the PAH in 2012. It offers a step-by-step guide for reinstating the social use of empty housing owned by banks, by putting them in the hands of evicted individuals and families. The Obra Social manual is a model for alternate approaches to living in times of crisis. It provides a step-by-step guide to recuperation: how to find buildings, which buildings to target, the relation between real-estate speculation and eviction, how to enter a building, and how stay once you are inside.

The Obra Social (Social Work) Manual is a translation project initiated by artist Michelle Teran and published by The Journal of Aesthetics& Protest.  The English translation accompanies Dignity / Dignidad, a feature-length film about an Obra Social building in Mósteles, Madrid, and the Reclaiming Workshop, both developed in 2016.

The original Spanish version was released by the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) in 2013.
Download English version here.
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Dignity / Dignidad

28-Jan-17

Film, 88 mins, 2016

Related projects: The Reclaiming Workshop and the Obra Social Manual.

Dignity / Dignidad is a film about strategies of recuperation in times of crisis. Recuperation, in a literal sense, means the recovery or regaining of something.

The film focuses on “La Dignidad,” a residential building in Mostoles, a suburb of Madrid. The building was constructed during the real-estate boom but never occupied after the property market collapsed following the Spanish financial crisis starting in 2008. Housing activists from Stop Desahucios (Stop Evictions) in Mostoles took over the building in June 2014, and christened it “La Dignidad.” The activists made the decision to take over the building when they realized that more and more people coming to the weekly housing assemblies were either already homeless or were about to be evicted the following week. There are fifty people, individuals, and families, currently living in “La Dignidad,” 18 are children under the ages of 10. More…

Reclaiming Workshop

30-Dec-16

public intervention, 2016

Related projects: Dignity / Dignidad and the Obra Social Manual.

 

The Reclaiming Workshop is an exchange of models and strategies on the relations between places, materials and performative actions that are produced in the context of reclaiming.

Link to event page

The workshop was initially developed for the Neighborhood Academy program of 2016, which focused on forms of collective learning. It took place with the participation of various grassroots initiatives and affinity groups operating with Berlin, connected by the fight for the right to the city, and strategies for reclaiming. The Reclaiming Workshop took place in “Die Laube,” a three-story experimental “treehouse” providing a space for self-organized, community-oriented and future-oriented learning, located in the Prinzessinnengarten, a community garden located around Moritzplatz, Kreuzberg. We officially launched the event by hanging protest banners used by each of the participating groups on the façade of “Die Laube,” thereby designating it as a space for collective learning. More…

CRIC (criticism – reaction – idea – confrontation) festival for critical culture

29-Dec-16

Date: 18.11 – 03.12.2016
Locations: Cinematheque of Macedonia, The National Gallery of Macedonia “Cifte Amam” in Skopje

The thematic program of CRIC is created with the goal to stimulate critical debate in the public sphere, a crucial component in the promotion of the socio-cultural capital being a core deeply ingrained within the most relevant political and societal themes: human rights, the right to culture, identity issues, violence in the public sphere through the political and economical apparatus, as well as strengthening of communities through cultural and artistic practices.

Exhibition “Archives of violence”
Participating artists: Sonya Schönberger, Michelle Teran, Hristina Ivanoska, Gjorgje Jovanovic, Memory of the world (Tomislav Medak & Marcell Mars), Zeyno Pekünlü.
Curator Archives of Violence: Elena Veljanovska

Exhibition “From Diaspora to Diversities”
Participating artists: Ivana Ivkovic, Rajko Radovanovic, Mladen Bundalo, Neli Ruzic, Nada Prlja, diSTRUKTURA
Curators From Diaspora to Diversities: Miroslav Karic, Janka Vukmir More…

Artistic Courage in the Time of Immediacy Seminar

29-Dec-16

Date: Thursday, November 3, 10am – 4pm
Location: Kunsthall Trondheim
Presenters: Åshild Adsen, Helena Holmberg, Marit Paasche, Åse Løvgren, Michelle Teran

Link to seminar information

The seminar “Artistic Courage in a Time of Immediacy” will be held at Kunsthall Trondheim this coming Thursday, in conjunction with The Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2016. Over the past few years there has been a renewed interest in the political aspects of art: artists using their political and social commitment as the basis for their artistic production. It is within this framework that Hannah Ryggen has gained renewed interest. More…

Radio Symposium LaPublika

24-Sep-16

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An international radio-symposium about art and public sphere, with almost 100 participants, conversations, music, performances and sound installations.

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Michelle Teran shows her film DIGNIDAD / DIGNITY at Nachbarschaftsakademie

10-Sep-16

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In the Neighborhood Academy Michelle Teran will show for the second time her new film DIGNITY / DIGNIDAD  (2016, Spanish with English subtitles)

August 4 20:00-22:00
Prinzessinnenstr. 15
10969 Berlin

The Neighborhood Academy in Prinzessinnengarten is a self-organized open platform for urban and rural knowledge sharing, cultural practice and activism.

Link to Neighborhood Academy website

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metroZones Schule THE CAMP 2016

10-Sep-16

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MetroZones Schule THE CAMP //// Assamblea of connecting spaces and practices
Donnerstag 15. – Sonntag 18. September 2016
HAMBURG fux Kaserne

link to website and detailed programme

At the end of summer, we invite you to the fux // kaserne Hamburg in order to join our four-day camp that is – also known as Versammlung or Asamblea – the lynchpin of the 2016 metroZones school of urban practices. Here, we will bring together, develop, discuss, and present those concepts and tools of connecting urban spaces and practices, digital as well as analogue.
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What Time Is It on the Clock of the World*

10-Sep-16

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International Festival on Feminism and Public Space.
Performances, Lectures, Workshops, Concerts.

May 4—7, 2016

Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK)
Lerchenfeld 2
22081 Hamburg

Link to festival website

In the face of hysterical times Stadtkuratorin Hamburg is asking What Time Is It on the Clock of the World* with a performance festival and symposium.

The lead question of the festival goes back to an expression of the US human rights activist, philosopher, and feminist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), who campaigned for social change, for the workers movement, and for the rights of the Afro-American population. She connects the awareness of the historical placing of current developments with the activist moment toward changing the current conditions: What Time Is It on the Clock of the World?* This expression points at the simultaneity of social transformations worldwide and artistic-social movements not conceived from a Western hegemonic center. More…

What Urban Media Art Can Do Publication

10-Sep-16

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Why When Where and How?

Editors: Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo and Mark Wright
Pages: 524
Year of Publication: 2016
Illustrations: 200 color

Published by: AVEdition

Urban media art is possibly one of the most momentous expansions within the field of contemporary public art. Referring to various forms of media-aesthetic, artistic engagement in urban environments and evolving from a mix of genealogies of media art, avant-garde, architecture, urban development, design and technology, and biology, urban media art creates a space in which artists make, utilize and critically explore innovations in software and technology to create artworks, installations and situations in response to the urban discourses and urgencies of our time. More…