Public, private or Commons?

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2 April 2014, 16.00 – 19.00.  

@ MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Righton Building, 1st floor, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG.

Public, Private or Commons

Following the global economic crisis and subsequent austerity programmes, communities throughout the world have begun to redefine public space, questioning the roles of both private interests and the state. What is the difference between public space and ‘the commons’? What role does the state and private capital play in defining and determining this distinction? Do people have a right to ‘the commons’, or is it a space that is contested, negotiated and imagined?

This inaugural event of Common Senses will look at how the struggle for the commons as a physical space for discourse, action, play, conviviality and resistance has played out in Ireland, Greece and Spain. To discuss these issues we have invited the Provisional University and Orsalia Dimitriou.

Presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

The Provisional University is a Dublin-based group of activist researchers whose project sets about critiquing the neo-liberalisation of education. They actively engage with the struggle for autonomous independent space in Dublin and extend solidarity to those resisting property speculation and housing evictions in Spain. With us to present their work are members of the collective, Dr Mick Byrne and Dr Patrick Bresnihan.

Orsalia Dimitriou is a Greek architect currently undertaking a PhD at Goldsmiths College and a lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Orsalia will present her research and screen her celebrated film Avaton (Sanctuary). The documentary investigates the meaning and management of public space in a tense and singular urban area in the centre of Athens.


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