The Right to the City project to open on Thursday, 7 April
18 March 2011
The Right to The City is an exhibition, symposium, and publishing project that brings together a series of artistic, theoretical and philosophical escape plans. Taking as their starting point David Harvey's polemical article, of the same name, that redefined urban existence as a contested part of modern democracy: "The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights" these escape plans range from the whimsical to the more serious, and present real and/or imagined ways of reinventing life in our cities
Given the perilous environmental predicament we find ourselves in, coupled with our intensifying urbanisation, many artists, activists, planners and architects are seeking ways to "remake" the city. In this project, a collection of artistic and written works explore urban interventions that remake the city in more socially connected and sustainable ways - opening up a space in which possibilities for reimagining life in the city can be discussed.
Australian and international artists include the Squatspace, Milkcrate Urbanism, Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (France), Temporary Services (US), Claire Healy, Marjetica Potrc, Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley.
The project includes an Exhibition within the Tin Sheds Gallery, a Keynote lecture with Professor Margaret Crawford from UC Berkeley titled Rethinking Rights, Rethinking Cities, as well as a full-day symposium on Saturday, 9th of April.