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Stijn Schiffeleers
07 Apr 2009
The Netherlands
"The investigation of production, merger, dissipation and transformation of scales reveals a common denominator of the current processes of urbanisation. This symposium will discuss scales as designed, produced and contested, rather than given by nature, and it will question the ability of architecture and urbanism to reclaim the political economy of scale as their field of competence."

Symposium / Conference
07 Apr 2009
The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 197
US, New York
The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972 brings together for the first time since 1972 the original documents and multi-media projections featured in the historic MoMA show curated by Emilio Ambasz. The current exhibition focuses on the 1972 Environments section, which has been installed in the MoMA galleries. Each of the Environments, created by a different Italian architecture studio or design group, was accompanied by media projections, audio-visual displays, or interactive events. The historic importance and contemporary relevance of INDL is in part due to how the exhibition encountered and attempted to reconceive the visionary possibilities of design and architecture: domestic in scale, urban in context, and potentially revolutionary in social and political practice."

Artists / Exhibitions
04 Apr 2009
Urban Prescriptions
A group of AAA's (artists, activists and architects) that look for loopholes in the bureaucratic system of city planning to reclaim parts of the city by those who it really belongs to. Their 'solutions' are mostly mobile and temporary, allowing for alterations in an ever changing environment.
Their website shows all their projects under 4 categories: Strategies for Subversive Urban Occupation, Housing, Collaborative Architecture and Flirting with Art.

Architecture / DIY / Homebrew / Organizations / Public Projects
28 Mar 2009
"Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself.
New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing."

Film / Video
24 Mar 2009
Issue One: Second Chances
US, New York
"The first issue of LANDFILL features folks telling the stories of their second chance at life. The stories were printed on paper containing flower seeds, buried and photographed. In time, the paper breaks down, seeds are released, and new life grows out of the old-just like recycling."

Books / Sustainability
12 Mar 2009
US, San Francisco
Bound Together Bookstore presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair on March 30, 1996. The event was organized to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bound Together, and took place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually today.

The 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will be held on March 14th and 15th, 2009. Admission is free.

Books / Free / Symposium / Conference
03 Mar 2009
"The numbers kept coming up in the daily reports. Five here, fourteen there, one day after another. And then the growing figure mounting over a thousand. Peripherally it was ever-present, but still only an abstraction. It was no longer enough to know how many. I needed to see pictures of them, to familiarize myself just a tiny bit more with what was happening far from my warm home. And it really isn’t much. It too is a mere summary, just one more step beyond bare numbers ..."

Art + Activism
03 Mar 2009
Belgium, Brussels
An operation to recontextualize the crisis, its mediatic and politic strategies, on the topics of disaster, structural instability and financial markets mythologies.

Four evenings of lectures with Geert Lovink (net activist and theoretician), Florian Schneider (writer, filmmaker, net activist), Brian Holmes (art critic), Late S. Horace Lawson-Hetchely (information systems consulting), Société Réaliste (artists), Bertrand Charles (journalist specialized in economic intelligence).

Exhibitions / Symposium / Conference
12 Feb 2009
How to save the world in 10 days
Belgium, Ghent
"Global warming, the financial crisis, famine, drought and overpopulation… The end is near, but don’t despair: Vooruit will save the world!

Artists and experts from different disciplines will launch proposals to save the world, put the threat in perspective or blow up the whole thing.
Well-aimed happenings, bold statements, bizarre turns, sophisticated utopias and biodegradable references."

Artists / Events / Exhibitions
03 Feb 2009
Art about Human Rights
Poland, Poznań
"Stand-up". Art about Human Rights project will respond to the growing needs for acceptance and respect to diversity, dialog and social reflection.

"We believe that art is a right medium to communicate with local community. We want also create opportunity for young, active art-makers to expresses their selves and equally contribute to a more conscious and creative society which will be able to hear and speak about Human Rights problems."

Call for works / projects:
Art works / projects / other actions which are somehow connected with Human Rights problems which will be exhibited in a gallery space in Poznan (Poland) during first part of March 2009.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
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