A conversation with Stavros Stavrides on the transformative potential of public culture, urban activism, and common life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2pm
Slought is pleased to announce City of Thresholds, a conversation about the transformative potential of public culture, urban activism, and common life, on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 2-3:30pm. The event will feature a short presentation by activist and architect Stavros Stavrides, followed by a public conversation with cultural programmer Kazembe Balagun. This event has been organized in collaboration with the publishing house Common Notions to celebrate the launch of Towards the City of Thresholds. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
In recent years, urban uprisings, insurrections, riots, and occupations have been an expression of the rage and desperation of our time. So too have they expressed the joy of reclaiming collective life and a different way of composing a common world. At the root of these rebellious moments lies thresholds—the spaces to be crossed from cities of domination and exploitation to a common world of liberation.
Towards the City of Thresholds is a pioneering and ingenious study of these new forms of socialization and uses of space—self-managed and communal—that passionately reveals cities as the sites of manifest social antagonism as well as spatialities of emancipation. Activist and architect Stavros Stavrides describes the powerful reinvention of politics and social relations stirring everywhere in our urban world and analyzes the theoretical underpinnings present in these metropolitan spaces and how they might be bridged to expand the commons.
What is the emancipatory potential of the city in a time of crisis? What thresholds must be crossed for us to realize this potential? To answer these questions, Stavrides draws penetrating insight from the critical philosophies of Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, and Henri Lefebvre—among others—to challenge the despotism of the political and urban crises of our times as well as the latent potential within them.