Check out this upcoming event at The James Gallery!
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
Monday, April 16th, 6:30pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave btwn 34th & 35th
On the occasion of DAAR’s exhibition, Common Assembly, Alessandro Petti
will explore new forms of political action and association – collective protests — in the Middle East and around the world. The term Common Assembly comes to name a radical form of political participation and collective actions being used from Cairo’s Tahrir square to the stairs of St Paul’s cathedral. Common Assemblies pop up in different slippages and cracks in property and land systems: a park whose jurisdiction is ambiguous, in the relative extraterritoriality of a church land within the extraterritorial frame of the city of London, public roundabouts in Cairo and Bahrain. Could we think of Palestinians camps not as places of refuge but rather as those of assembly? Spaces where political participation and representation are organized beyond the idea of nation-state? Join architect Alessandro Petti as he explores the powerful potential for space and spatial construction to change the meaning of political categories such as “Common,” “Assembly,” and “Occupation.”
Alessandro Petti is an architect, urbanist, and researcher who teaches at Honors College Al-Quds/Bard University in Abu Dis-Jerusalem. He is co-founder of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency and the author of Arcipelaghi e enclave (Archipelagos and enclaves, Bruno Mondadori, 2007), which focuses on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control. Petti has co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition, such as Borderdevices (2002-2007) with the group Multiplicity, Uncertain States of Europe, and, with Sandi Hilal, Stateless Nation. Recently, Petti has made contributions to the publications Ecological Urbanism (Lars Muller Publishers, 2010); State of exception and Resistance in the Arab World (Arab Unity Studies, 2010), Dubai Offshore Urbanism in Heterotopia and the City (Routledge 2008), and Post-it City (CCCB, 2008); he has also been a contributor to Afterall, Domus, Archis, and Equilibri.