This year’s SKOR lecture (Fourndation for Art and Public Space) is
delivered by Saskia Sassen, who will talk about the ‘making’ of
public space by means of architectural and artistic interventions.
The evening includes the presentation of Open 11, which takes hybrid
space as its theme and includes an essay contributed by Sassen.
Human experience is threatened by the massive architecture of world
cities and the density of infrastructures – digital and otherwise –
that exist to serve international capital and the global economy.
Sassen argues that there is a need for the production of subversive
narratives as a counterbalance to this, to make the local and what
has been silenced manifest and to generate new forms of ‘modest
Saskia Sassen is Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University
of Chicago and Professor at the London School of Economics. She has
gained worldwide acclaim for studies such as The Global City and
Cities in a World Economy. Her most recent publication is Territory,
Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton
University Press, 2006).
Arnold Reijndorp, urban sociologist
Willem van Weelden, artist and theorist
Open, a cahier about art and the public domain, is published twice a
year by NAi Publishers in association with skor. http://www.opencahier.nl
Open 11, “hybrid space”, investigates how wireless media mobilise and
transform public space. http://www.naipublishers.nl/art/open11_e.html
With contributions by Howard Rheingold, Saskia Sassen, Frans Vogelaar/
Elizabeth Sikiardi, Noortje Marres, Koen Brams/Dirk Pultau, Marion
Hamm, Esther Polak, De Geuzen, Kristina Andersen, Arie Altena, Daniel
van der Velden, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Max Bruinsma, and Assia Kraan.
Guest-editor: Eric Kluitenberg