by carl wilson

Republic of Safety-For-Whom?

This is interesting enough that I'm just gonna post the press release. The format feels more compelling than the framing of the questions, which I suspect may be too broad for productive results. But it's certainly a step in the right direction with all this participatory/relational, talk-as-art stuff that's been going on in town and elsewhere (the subject of an upcoming essay by me in the sequel to Coach House's uTOpias book). Republic of Safety (to whom I mean nothing unkind by tweaking their name for this entry's headline) are playing this event, their final show till December. Also see the related blog.

Entangled Territories
A Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry event with/in Adrian Blackwell’s carpool + Republic of Safety, Sunday, August 6, 4-9 pm. Location TBC: Idomo east parking lot, 1100 Sheppard Ave. W., Near the Downsview Subway station. (Note: See poster in PDF format.)

The gentrification of Toronto’s downtown [... keep reading ...]

has displaced low-income residents. New immigrants, often precariously employed, are warehoused in high-density structures within low-density suburbs. City land is rezoned for optimum profit extraction rather than for livability. The costs of using public transit are rising as new programs of surveillance carefully monitor the smog-saturated city. ... This neoliberal agenda remains contested by urban social movements committed to the building of a new commons: street protests, squats, community gardens, housing co-ops, public-space interventions, regularization campaigns...

Toronto’s territory is entangled in divergent forces of neoliberal enclosure and public commons. Animating this play of forces is a triad of actors: capitalists, governments, and multitudes. (Ed. note: I'm not so charmed by the Hardt/Negri Empire jargon, but it will do.) At stake in their balance of power is access to affordable places to live, sources of healthy food, a secure income, mobility, pleasurable forms of life...

* How is capital capturing urban territories? Which spaces are currently under threat of enclosure?
* What possibilities exist for the state to protect existing public spaces or initiate new ones, when its role has increasingly become the policing of space?
* What capacities do we have for escaping existing enclosures, in the name of constructing new urban commons?

Join us for a conversation in and about the city’s entangled territories. We’ll move ourselves through a series of small-group discussions, and then end off the event with a collective conversation. The event will be held in a parking lot near Downsview Park. This space is entangled, at the end of a subway line, yet in the middle of the city: in the inner suburbs, next to an army base, big boxes, and warehouses, at the confluence of highways, subways and an airport. Our site is an abstract space of pause within this non-place of circulation.

Guests
Yvonne Bambrick (Streets are for People) + Sue Bunce (Planning Action) + John Clarke (OCAP) + Heather Haynes (Toronto Free Gallery) + Joe Hermer (UT) + Luis Jacob (artist) + Peter Nyers (McMaster) + Darren O’Donnell (artist) + Jay Pitter + SYN- + Leah Sandals (Spacing) + Jeff Shantz (York) + Jeff Thomas (artist) + Kika Thorne (artist) + Rinaldo Walcott (OISE) + Others

About TSCI
Collaborating with a network of activists, artists, and theorists, Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry initiates events that inquire into the new enclosures and creative pathways beyond them.

About carpool
carpool (apparatus of capture) is a tent that connects four cars to form a larger
composition. The cars are caught in fabric, creating a structure as they move apart from one another, temporarily immobilizing them and opening their private interiors to public use.

Read More | | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, August 01 at 03:04 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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I'm afraid the deadlines for proposals for the book are past - in fact the final deadlines for the essays are also past. I'm late with mine. Sorry about that, G.

Posted by zoilus on August 3, 2006 12:13 AM

 

 

there's a uTOpia sequel coming out??? hook a brother up; i've wasted/spent too much time writing about these issues for it to go to waste. surely, they need a counterbalance? an essay of dissent?

Posted by Graham on August 1, 2006 08:42 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson