Part 1 of a two part conference, staged to respond to issues raised by the exhibition by Eric Baudelaire. This is the first part of today's conference.
From 4:30 til 6:30 pm the day will continues with: assembly.
Tickets are valid for both parts.
Post-war reconstruction was a pivotal moment for both Paris and Rotterdam. Like countless others, both cities were thrown into alternative and unforeseen paths of transformation after the massive destructions of WWII. Like countless other cities, their transformation was also very specific and peculiar. Paris kept its historical core untouched and expanded outwards. Rotterdam, rebuilt its annihilated historical core by inventing something radically different and new. However opposed in morphology those two places facing enormous housing crisis were massively transformed through an ambitious, pro-active and optimistic embracement of the possibilities of their time: new cities, new forms, new shapes, large spaces, amenities generous access to air, light and nature. Then, today, both cities are experiencing phenomenons of violence, spatial segregation, terrorism and are both witnessing the return of violent discourses regarding parts of their populations which were until recently thought to be banned of the political language. But the problem of these urban forms do not seem to be only contained within the most televised and eruptive parts of theses recently built territories. The quiet middle class suburban form also induces a rather shared feeling of anxiety. It is also through these spaces that Jihadi evolved. What happened? What did we build? What are these forms of territories and what do they cause or are part of? Could it be that these massive efforts of built utopias aren’t part of these problems? or if they are, how? Through which mechanisms? These were new urban forms. But what part of these forms could participate in consequences so drastically opposed to the original intents of their conceptors. What part does the built environnement weights in our current state of affairs?
In a moment of great instability, when large reconfigurations are occurring acute violence is deepening and the difficulty of comprehension is expanding, this discussion will attempt to reconsider what we have massively produced as an environment after WWII. It will do so by articulating types of voices that aren’t accustomed to working together and by inviting them to debate on issues that are not there primary field of knowledge.
Eric Baudelaire whose inquiries into structural and subjective forms of violence pursues a lingering relationship with the built environnement and the Urban form.
This event is part of the program of the exhibition The Music of Ramón Raquello and his Orchestra by Eric Baudelaire, on view until 7 May 2017. The series started with conferences on Fukeiron, or the Politics and Poetics of Landscape (28 January 2017), organized with the International Film Festival, and Assembly (22 April 2017).