Mapping the Columns of Istanbul

Workshop instructors: PABLO DE SOTO (hackitectura.net, Federal Uni- versity of Rio de Janeiro) in collaboration with DIMITRIS DELINIKOLAS (empty film, University of Athens), Daphne Dragona (Mapping The Commons of Athens workshop coordinator)
Event organizers: EKMEL ERTAN (amberPlatform / art director) and ASILHAN SENEL (Istanbul Technical University).
Workshop participants: DENIZ AYDIN, SELEN ÇATALYÜREKLI, ASLI DEĞER, MERVE KAVAS, ÖZNUR SAKA, MUSTAFA ŞAHIN, ÖZGÜN YÜCETÜRK Workshop + Video Project Participants: GİZEM AĞIRBAŞ, BURCU NİMET DUMLU, ECEM ERGİN, ONUR KARADENIZ, FİKRET CAN KUŞADALI, MAR- CO MAGNANI, ZÜMRA OKURSOY, İPEK OSKAY, SİBEL SARAÇ, JALE SARI, YAĞIZ SÖYLEV, CEREN SÖZER, NEŞE CEREN TOSUN, ECE ÜSTÜN, WOLKE VANDENBERGHE, DANIELE VOLANTE, ZOLTAN BÁLAŹS
Workshop by Hackitectura, Istanbul Mapping the Commons, is an event, which includes a one-day conference and a week-long workshop, on emerging practices that explore the commons of Istanbul. The event aims to bring together activists, students, academics, and researchers from different disciplines, from architecture, arts, media, literature, and social sciences. Commons can be defined by being shared by all, without becoming private for any individual self or institution. Commons include natural resources, common lands, urban public spaces, creative works, and knowledge that is exempt from copyright laws.
In Istanbul, like in many global cities, the discussions around commons have been relevant especially with the increasing pressure of privatization and control of the governments over the shared assets of the community. In today’s world, the recurrent concept of the commons elaborates on the idea that the production of wealth and social life are heavily dependent on communication, cooperation, affects, and collective creativity. The commons would be, then, those milieu of shared resources, that are generated by the participation of the many and multiple, which constitute, some would say, the essential productive fabric of the 21st Century metropolis. And then, if we make this connection between commons and production, we have to think of political economy: power, rents, and conflict. The questions, then, would be: may the commons provide us with alternative concepts and tactics to the dominant power, for a more democratic, tolerant, and heterogeneous society, which allows more participation and collectivity? Can we open up the different definitions of the commons, and are there different ways of understanding and discussing the commons through various practices?
Conference Call for Papers The Conference aims to gather mapping practices from different disciplines. We are looking for presentations that interpret and discuss innovative practices, which map tactics, agents, processes, and relationships around the commons. Please submit a 500-word abstract and an image (max. 300MB, jpeg) to submissions.amberplatform.org before 5 October 2012. The accepted abstracts will be notified by10 October 2012. The oral presentation will be 20 min. (approx. 1500 words). The selected conference papers will be invited for a publication after the conference. Workshop Call for Participation Due to our tradition of the private and the public, of property and individualism, the commons are still hard to see for our late 20th Century eyes. We propose, therefore, a search for the commons, a search that will take the form of a mapping process. We understand mapping, as proposed by Deleuze and Guattari, and as artists and social activists have been using it during the last decade, as a performance that can become a reflection, a work of art, a social action. Istanbul will be the object of the mapping project.
We propose the hypothesis that a new view of the city will come out of the process, one where the many and multiple, often struggling against the state and capital, are continuously and exuberantly supporting and producing the commonwealth of its social life. A group of 20-25 architects, activists, artists, filmmakers and social scientists will work for more than a week developing collaborative mapping strategies, audiovisual languages, using open source software and participatory wiki-mapping tools. The final production will feature as its central piece an interactive online video-cartography, complemented by secondary databases and analogue-paper productions.
The workshop is the continuation of Mapping the Commons, Athens: http://www.emst.gr/mappingthecommons/index.html
The final products exhibited during the amberFestival between 9-18 November 2012. For the methodology of the workshop:http://prezi.com/9lknzo3vmwdl/defining-and-mapping-the-commons/
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