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Streamed live on Apr 22, 2017
A two part conference developed alongside, and in response to, Witte de With’s current exhibition of the work of artist Eric Baudelaire. --------- Part 1: 'The Form of a City as a Political Outcome' Time: 2 - 4 pm Participants: Eric Baudelaire, Paul Guillibert, Tara Lewis and Malique Mohamud Moderated by Xavier Wrona --------- Post-war reconstruction was a pivotal moment for both Paris and Rotterdam. Like countless others, both cities were thrown into alternative and unforeseen paths of transformation after the massive destruction of WWII. Like other cities, their transformation was also very particular. Paris kept its historical core untouched and expanded outwards. Rotterdam, rebuilt its annihilated historic core by inventing something radically different and new. However opposed in morphology, those two places facing enormous housing crisis were massively transformed through an ambitious, pro-active and optimistic embracement of the possibilities of their time: new cities, new forms, new shapes, large spaces, amenities generous access to air, light and nature. Today, both cities are experiencing violence, spatial segregation, terrorism and witnessing the return of violent discourses regarding parts of their populations which were until recently thought to be banned from political language. --------- Part 2: 'Assemblies' Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm Participants: Grégory Castéra and Milad Doueihi --------- Assemblies is the first event organized by Council in the frame of 2017 Witte de With Curatorial Fellowship. Assembly is a long-term inquiry that investigates how the way people gather shapes their thinking and actions. The inquiry collects cases (historical or contemporary, fictional or real) where assembly can be approached as a practice that stimulates critical thinking, political imaginary and production of objectivity as well as the creation of forms of spoken words, architecture and choreography. In an attempt to study, compare, experiment and formalize different experiences, protocols and ethics of assembly, Assembly tends to open a space to think and experiment assembly making in the crossing of sciences, arts and politics.