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Commoning the City

Marxergasse 24, 1030 Vienna

WWTF International Summer School 2014. The Summer School is organized by "Spaces of Commoning", an interdisciplinary research collective based at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and funded by the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund).

The Summer School departs from the so-called crisis of public space and explores the concept of the commons as a third element that complements the state and the market. Thus it aims at reframing and invigorating the debate on public space based on an aggressive repudiation of neoliberal politics as much as a radical re-imagination of alternative cities beyond capitalism.

Monday, June 23rd

18:30h Opening of Summer School with Eva Blimlinger (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

18:30h  Lecture

Silvia Federici

Caliban and the Witch - Witch Hunts in the Present Day
Like at the dawn of capitalist development, today as well the global expansion of capitalist relations is driven by a broad attack on our reproduction and the escalation of violence against women including new forms of witch-hunting. In her presentation Federici examines the factors motivating these new persecutions, while revisiting the main themes of Caliban and the Witch, stressing in particular the relation between witch-hunting, capitalist development and the capitalist restructuring of gender relations.

Respondent: Suzana Milevska

Tuesday, June 24th

19:00h  Lecture

Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation

Architecture as Rendered Society
Architecture is never neutral, but it is neither technodeterminist. To explore the implications of shared agendas in the architectural embodiment of thepolitical is the goal of projects like the ESCARAVOX, Plasencia Clergy House, PHANTOM or IKEA Disobedients, developed in the last 15 years by the Office for Political Innovation.

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Summer_School, If we dont come together, we fall apart, Photo © Anette Baldauf

Saturday, June 28th

Collaborative Trading Practices

12-15h  Podium Discussion

Peter Mörtenböck, Stavros Stavrides and Angelika Fitz

Sunday, June 29th

Common Debate

12-15h Opening the debate:

Chantal Mouffe and Stavros Stavrides

Conributors to the Summer School include Anette Baldauf, Janna Graham, Stefan Gruber, Silvia Federici, Angelika Fitz, Moira Hille, Barbara Holub, Andrés Jaque, Elke Krasny, Annette Krauss, Christina Linortner, Suzana Milevska, Vladimir Miller, Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Chantal Mouffe, Fernanda Nogueira, Stavros Stavrides, STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Dzokic / Marc Neelen), Ultra-red, Mara Verlič, Nicolas Vass, Hong-Kai Wang, Julia Wieger

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