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Radical Utopia? La Revolution urbaine

Exhibition and showcase of derive magazine and urbanize festival.

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"Urban life has not even begun," Henri Lefebvre, 1967



The “City” as social space is created on a daily basis. What that city does and how it looks like is not defined, but it is a product of a permanent and constant negotiation that occurs within political debates and urban action. Artistic Bokeh's project partner 'derive - Association for Urban Research' is a platform that intersects science, art and activism while working toward the realisation of an urban society, in which the inhabitants of the city, their needs and desires, and their actions are at the centre of focus. Artistic Bokeh has invited derive to show a selection of its multidimensional, socio-political dialogue with the “urban space” from the last 14 years. The selection involves the derive magazine, urbanize festival and radio, while also including video lectures and the urban game “laboratoire derive”.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 7pm at the Artistic Bokeh showroom and runs until September 22, 2014.

Further details:
www.derive.at
www.urbanize.at
www.quartier21.at/programm//programmdetail/derive-radical-utopia-la-revolution-urbaine

Photo documentation by Artistic Bokeh on Flickr
derive magazin, urbanize festival: radical utopia.

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dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung erscheint seit Sommer 2000 vierteljährlich in Wien und versteht sich als interdisziplinäre Plattform zum Thema Stadtforschung. Die behandelten Felder reichen von Architektur, Stadt- und Landschaftsplanung, Raumordnung und Bildender Kunst bis zu Geographie, Soziologie, Politik- und Medienwissenschaften und Philosophie. Thematisiert werden globale Problemstellungen, die im lokalen Rahmen behandelt werden und Aufschlüsse über die gegenwärtige Stadtentwicklung geben sollen.
In the past fifteen years, Henri Lefebvre's reputation has catapulted into the stratosphere, and he is now considered an equal to some of the greats of European social theory (Bourdieu, Deleuze, Harvey). In particular, his work has revitalized urban studies, geography and planning via concepts like; the social production of space, the right to the city, everyday life, and global urbanization. Lefebvre's massive body of work has generated two main schools of thought: one that is political economic, and another that is more culturally oriented and poststructuralist in tone. Space, Difference, and Everyday Life merges these two schools of thought into a unified Lefebvrian approach to contemporary urban issues and the nature of our spatialized social structures.
Countering the prevailing view, which reduces Lefebvre’s theory of space to a projection of his philosophical positions, Stanek argues that Lefebvre’s work grew out of his concrete, empirical engagement with everyday practices of dwelling in postwar France and his exchanges with architects and planners. Stanek focuses on the interaction between architecture, urbanism, sociology, and philosophy that occurred in France in the 1960s and 1970s, which was marked by a shift in the processes of urbanization at all scales, from the neighborhood to the global level. Lefebvre’s thinking was central to this encounter, which informed both his theory of space and the concept of urbanization becoming global.
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