B.1 Queering Economic Cultures with Spaces

Egalitarian and decentralized economic structures need spaces to develop

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Alternative Modes of economic action – beyond growth and exploitation paradigms – has to spatialise. Only by manifesting in space such modes of activity are able to create and contribute to enclaves of transformation. Both, to keep economical movements of change on established tracks and to help creating new spheres of alternative economic practice.

By queering we refer to a mode of integrating heterogenic patterns of motivations, imaginations and practical principles. Diversity is the exact power of local structures and dynamics. By reflecting on the manifestation of alternate modes of markets we aim at understanding elementary characteristics of the suggested modes and contribute ideas to develop these in our own spheres. Projecting and developing them to the future.

Contrasting inequality, supporting diversity: inequality is the indisputable part of the 21st century and its societies, sustained by the developments of foreign development and economic performance ethos since industrialization. Global north and global south are in exploitive relationships; Inequality roots in this model more than ever before. Inequality in economic and transformational potential amongst human beings weakens society and its relationship to truthfulness of justice. Accepting and supporting diversity might be a way to cope with complexity and create a more just, more equal-in-potential state of economy. In the workshop we want to find out how spaces can contribute to this process locally and in specific circumstances.
Firstly we want to accept and support systems that are already creating an alternative mode to speculation-driven financemarket capitalism. Your-aunts-bakerys, Care-just-because-you-want-to, repair-a-bike-for-a-cake economy. By evaluating such models we aim at developing a critic for the mode of planing as monocultural synchronization strategy.

Secondly we want to take a look at the reactualization and repositioning of modes of production that create a change. (Ideally guided by concrete and hands-on-examples the participants in the workshop bring with them.) To develop spatial suggestions, structures and systemic spaces as a final result. All inputs the participants bring can help to create a concrete project suggestion as a final result. Floorplans, photography, developmentplans, time lines, seeds, void-maps, glasses that need to go to a shelf somewhere, can help to make deGrowth concrete in space.

Time schedule and main methods:

Contrasting a homogenic structure of criticism in knowledge production and modeldevelopment we would like to multiply the perspectives. This is why we invite representatives from Leipzig, Berlin, Rovereto and Hamburg to the course to give impulses.

– AnnaLinde Leipzig: Food and collaborative work
– Arrivo Berlin: Knowledgetransfer transcending cultural imprints
– Academia Comunidad: Network and alternative modes of economy in the periphery in Trentino, Italy
– Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung Hamburg: Public support for spatial questions related to refugee topics, living conditions and social design topics.

In the first session we will introduce a range of projects and text sources that support the introduced axiom of active space. Also we would like to get to know the participants and their background. Ideally we evaluate clearcut projects amongst the groups activities together that we can use as templates for discussions and idea development further on. And make these become more real during our shared discussion.

The second session we introduce one of our guest activists to explain what they are about in a group discussion we will evaluate intersections amongst the participants to conversate more focused on specific topics and possible projects to evolve.

The following sessions will be dedicated to elaborate on specific suggestions for planing a space of action. Individual groups will develop models and suggestions amongst their skills and ideas and present the outcome of the sessions. Guests will join the groups to give specific input. Together we will reflect on possible future strategies for each proposal and share our networks to support them.

Summing up the sessions we will prepare a print booklet archiving and collecting sketches, text fragments, discussion protocols and real-world-contexts for possible queer economy space development.

The methods will be sourced from design processes. Design can oppose problematic, unjust tendencies in society by manifesting discussion and alternative development strategically in space and within systems. Especially design research can create specific knowledge that – coming from form – enables object oriented reflections of status quo dynamics. Empirical research using spatial strategies can do both: contribute to knowledge production and shaping circumstances simultaneously.

Target group/Prerequisites:

Ideally there already is a concrete spatial question or problem that we could work on. Also being active in a group that aims at developing a project in near future can help us to get concrete. Yet also the interest to contribute to discussions around the topic from a specific point of view – being it spatial practice, sociology, economics, design, food production, energy supply etc. pp. can help us as a workshop to develop a multiperspective discussion. Ideally we would all agree, that deGrowth needs to be tangible to be fun.


Day: 2018-07-30
Start time: 15:00
Duration: 02:30
Room: Zelt/tent 11 (Kurse/courses)
Track: Kurse/Courses
Languages en

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