Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces

Alan Smart

Edited by Alan Moore and Alan Smart, Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces is an anthology of texts on art, media and aesthetic practice in the context of squatting, occupation and urban space activism. It includes work by activist researchers, squatters, and artists involved in struggles over urban space. “Cultural production” appears in a variety of forms ranging from conventional art practices, to the organizing of communities and networks, to the production of media and setting up of information systems. Likewise, squats, occupations and social centers are figured as art projects themselves, housing and workspaces for artists or, most significantly, constituent parts of an alternative infrastructure for the autonomous production of knowledge, discourse, and aesthetics.

A short book presentation and a dialog with contributors to Making Room will discuss the relationships between art, politics, and architecture and urbanism. This will frame sites of overlap and points of engagement between aesthetic and political practice in the construction autonomous or alternative infrastructures for production and reproduction in cities. While participants in the book project will be specifically invited, presentation proposals from anyone interested in the engagement of research, design and aesthetic practice with the politics of urban space, production and infrastructure. Also, all are welcome to be part of the audience and participate in the discussion.