2015 Wednesday May 20 at 20h ~ ‘3 instances of cultural resistance in urban environments’~ artist talk by Adelita Husni-Bey. Open to the public, entrance free. Location: DAI - auditorium
Gentrification, Real Estate speculation, draconian eviction and anti-squatting laws have profoundly altered the way we live in cities, what we are allowed to do with space and how; prompting the question: whose space is it? Can citizens claim a right to unused buildings and land? Why is property more important than the lives that dwell within it?
From 2007 Adelita Husni-Bey has been producing works that deal with these questions, strategies and methods ranging from workshops to radio shows, publications and archives as practical tools for dissent. Ard (Land) is a film of a workshop held by Cairo activists and the artist to rethink policy and the threat of mega-projects in the city, White Paper: The Law, addresses the current anti-squatting legislation in the Netherlands through writing a functional convention for the ‘use of space’ and the Clays Lane Live Archive upholds the dissident memory of a housing cooperative demolished to make way for the 2012 London Olympics.
During this lecture we will be engaged in discussing the methodologies, their effects, successes and failures, as well as re-thinking and integrating how these tools could be reused and readapted in future struggles.