Dubravka Sekulic, How to Code Urban commons
Architectural Association , 16th March, 17:00 hrs, at 33 Bedford Square First Floor Back.
Law shapes the public and common space, leading to enclosure of space or spatial dispossession. How can public space be defended and extended by learning from the protocols and social contracts of the free software culture? (Vortrag in englisch)
It should not come as surprise that laws shape space as there is a whole set of legislation in most of the countries which deals with space directly. What often come as surprise is that even those laws which do not directly engage with spatial matters have an effect on it. The impact of laws becomes visible as it usually leading to enclosure of public space or some other sort of spatial dispossession.
In the first part of the talk Dubravka Sekulić will show some of the examples of how law works against the public and common space. In the second part of the talk she will look at the field of digital commons searching for clues of what can be done to reverse the condition and to harness the power of laws for the protection of public and common space.
Dubravka Sekulić is an architect researching transformations of contemporary cities, at the nexus between production of space, laws and economy. Since September 2016 she is an assistant professor at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Tu Graz, Austria and a PhD fellow at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Research exhibition “Three points of Support: Zoran Bojović, the architect” that she curated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in 2012, followed by the book in 2013, formed the basis for her PhD project “Constructing the Non-alignment: The Case of Construction Compnay Energoprojekt.” In 2012 Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) published her book ‘Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch! On Extra-legal Space in Belgrade’ as well as the book “Surfing the Black Yugoslav black cinema and its transgression” that she co-edited with Gal Kirn and Žiga Testen. Together with Branko Belaćević, Marko Miletić, Srdjan Prodanović and Jelena Stefanović she made a research exhibition “Peti Park – A Struggle for Everyday”, which was followed by a publication.