experimenting / experiencing the city
the urban experience / south africa & elsewhere 11-20 may 2017
Through crossed perspectives, Experimenting / Experiencing the City will try to tackle both the risk and the interest of a multi-disciplinary approach to question the city.
Through crossed perspectives, Experimenting / Experiencing the City will try to tackle both the risk and the interest of a multi-disciplinary
approach to question the city. It aims to open the debate around the notions of « city » and « urban » in the complex relationship that unites
them, to study the links between integration, exclusion and citizenship in an era of globalisation and complex urban identities.
Among other approaches, the notion of spatial justice can help to look at these issues. The use – and denition – of public space or public art
needs to be questioned. The housing options offered to city-dwellers, particularly the middle classes, need to be viewed and interrogated:
what forces drive the market and orient the shape of the city?
Experimentations and experiences from South Africa, Mozambique, Brazil, India, and elsewhere, will be presented and confronted. Debates
will gather academics, who question and conceptualize the city, urban actors (from street vendors to developers), who make the city, and
artists, who live and share their experience of the city. Artistic works and events – performances, photos and lms – will be expanded to the
workshops and echo and enrich the discussions.