Introduction to the workshop and to the concept of urbanity
Nancy Garín and Antoine Silvestre
Wednesday 27 March, 6 pm
We will open the course Spectra of the urban presenting the focus with which we will approach the city and the urban in the course. We maintain that modernity has not produced cities but urbanization. And that urbanization is actually the historically and spatially unequal process of capitalistic negotiation over the territories it colonizes. This refers to both the densest human settlements and the areas called "countryside" or "nature". We will review how the urban thinking today is based on a fundamentally wrong theorization and why we need a new conception of the urban to understand the political-social consequences for a globalized world, especially in the South, as well as to elaborate new political imaginary of struggle .
Nancy Garín (Chile, 1972) is an independent journalist, art researcher and curator working in projects related to critical thinking, new pedagogies, archives, memory and decolonialism. She was a member of the Etcetera art group, La Internacional Errorista and the research group Peninsula: Colonial Processes and Artistic and Curatorial Practices. She is a member of the research and production platforms Equipo re and Espectros de lo Urbano.
Antoine Silvestre is an architect and philosopher. After graduating in Architecture from the National School of Architecture in Strasbourg in 2007, he worked as an independent architect until 2013. He earned a master's degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Barcelona in 2015. Since then, he has been conducting research into the relationship between city, capitalism and urbanism within the framework inherited from the European world system and modern liberal democracies. He also works in architectural design, stage design and web platform design, teaches workshops and writes critical essays.