The workshop “Practices of Commoning: Critical Spatial Ecology”
co-organized by Pelin Tan, associate professor at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin (Turkey), and the Sursock Museum Beirut (Lebanon),
included a presentation by Namick Mackik
on the urbanization/migration, migrating the urban,
“The term “Urban” has been urbanized lately in the sense that it doesn’t represent the city…
Can we dislodge a certain definition of “Urban”?;
Certain political imaginary, Idea of society, is that to integrate the one into the big…”
Mentioning artists such as Bojan Sarcevic in his artwork “World Corner” where he took a corner of a wall from a house that has been demolished/condemned, seeing in it a possibility of a new world…
And Artists Collective “Center for political beauty” by their artwork of transporting bodies of refugees and making public burials…
During the workshop the mentioning of Beirut as a post-war city as Bosnia…
“For example in contemporary art , photographic image can re-articulate the memory of space…
Space that has a memory that was destroyed, as when a space is bombed self-identification with the neighborhood is not recognizable;
Cities are moving, the point is who is taking part in their formation and who are the actors?
There is no trace of civil war as in post-war cities ( Beirut,Bosnia… ) do we forget about it and build a new neutral neo-liberal space?”
Such questions remain : Is public space neutral? And To who belongs public space ?
now concerning the mentioning of notions of “National” and “Homogeneous”, i find the following article an interesting read :
on a small polish country town Bereźnica Wyżna, on the Poland-Ukraine border, does it belong to : East or West ?
is it Europe in Asia or Asia in Europe ?
“In Europe we were hangers-on and slaves, while in Asia we shall be the masters.
In Europe we were Tatars, while in Asia we are Europeans too” Fyodor Dostoyevsky: