LUC Meetings - Round 2

Athens, 07/03/2017

Friday 10 – Saturday 11 March, Athens Building of the Architect’s Association, 15 Vrisakiou str., Monastiraki


 

Friday 10 – Saturday 11 March, Athens

Building of the Architect’s Association, 15 Vrisakiou str., Monastiraki

Based on the themes and projects that were formed in the first round of LUC meetings in November 2016, we hold a second round of meetings in the form of three workshops.

The workshops are perceived as informal conversations to share practices, test drive ideas and receive feedback based on similar experiences and endeavours. In this way we hope to create from the very beginning, the ground for potential collaborations with an expanded group of colleagues in the region. Your contribution on all three thematic premises (Space, Archiving/Mapping and Education) would be significant in identifying the best methodologies as well as potential projects.

The workshops will host the presentation of some of the best practices on each field we have identified so far. Our intention is to learn from these, to bring them in contact with the experience and needs of everyone invited and to test their use in the specific local context.

From the dialogue between “experts” and those active on the ground we expect the emergence of the best mix of practices and outcome of this project.

 

 Workshops’ schedule

FRIDAY 10 MARCH

5.30 – 20.30 The Archiving/Mapping Project: Documentation and mapping of practices and of grassroots movements and networks

Producing knowledge and/through documenting practices of solidarity and commoning that have been developed in Greece within the last years of crisis and resistance, is one of the main aims of LUC. This workshop explores different methodologies and approaches to archive and mapping, delivered by groups already active on the field. The experience and histories of the solidarity movement and of practices of commons in Greece will inform the formulation of the proper mix of methodologies and tools for this project.

Initial contributions by:

Jan Gerber & Sebastian Luetgert (Pad.ma - Public Access Digital Media Archive, Berlin - India)

Stavros Stavridis (Professor at the Architectural School of the Technical University of Athens)

Socrates Stratis (Architect, Urbanist, Associate Professor, Head, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus)

Respondent: Didem Pekun (Artist/ Academic, Beyond Istanbul: Center for Spatial Justice Foundation, Turkey)

 

SATURDAY 11 MARCH

10.00 – 13.00 The “Space” project / LUC’s Space: Functions, Operation, Community, Practices of self-governance

As LUC we imagine our “Space” as an infrastructure integrated in the dynamics of its Athenian neighborhood’s profile and of already existing networks. As a space of cohabitation that enables and facilitates synergies between various groups across fields. Members of some of the most active socio-cultural spaces have been invited to present their valuable for LUC experiences. This workshop aims at discussing with the invited groups various options regarding the location of LUC, the possible political implications of these, the functionality of LUC’s space, its practices of governance, ways of building relations with the community and other collectives.

Initial contributions by:

Margherita D'Andrea & Sabrina Merolla (Working Women and Men of Arts, Culture and Entertainment in the Self-governed 'Ex Asilo Filangieri of Naples, Italy)

William Wells (Founder and director of Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt)

Tonia Katerini (President of the Architect’s Association, «Open Roads» group)

14.00 – 17.00 The Education/Research project: Open School – Practices of participatory and interdisciplinary pedagogy

As LUC we are interested in setting the framework for a participatory pedagogical practice, research and knowledge production. This may take variable forms such as: tuition-free educational and alternative university programs, educational workshops between cultural practitioners and grassroots initiatives, development of collective research and knowledge production. This workshop focuses on exploring methodologies,

Initial contributions by:

Christos Korolis (Teacher – member of the Solidarity School of Mesopotamia)

Margherita D'Andrea & Sabrina Merolla (Working Women and Men of Arts, Culture and Entertainment in the Self-governed 'Ex Asilo Filangieri of Naples, Italy)

Respondent: Ida Susser (Anthropologist in Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center, USA)