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Rob van Kranenburg on Sat, 22 May 2010 21:38:59 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] avond OT 3 juni over Detroit en

dag iedereen,

sorry voor het engels,

groeten, rob

Announcing ?
An evening of ideas, discussions, presentations and more,  on the topic
of, The breakdown of control and surveillance situations  ? Detroit, The
Netherlands and Karachi for example.

On Thursday June 3rd 2010, OT301, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam, at 20.00u

Jimini Hignett will present ?How to make art when everything is fucked up??

?Detroit, Friday April 15th ? Scavenging in an already looted
neighbourhood. Rummaging with bare hands through terrifying heaps of DNA
swabs, scuffed fingerprint forms and dissolving Polaroid mugshots - a city
of individual lives reduced to abandoned files of mouldering paper in the
stagnant courthouse. Everything has been left behind? fingerprints,
DNA-samples, mugshot photographs, film, sound tapes, missing persons
reports, Polaroids of crime locations, padded envelopes containing
evidence. The surface of the mugshots is disintegrating, the colours
running and  bubbling, drifting and corroding. These photographs have a
terrible,  painful beauty. The way they have been abandoned is such a
sharp parallel with the way the people they show have been abandoned ? the
carelessness with which their personal information has been discarded,
mirroring the lack of care both within the so-called ?justice? system and
the world outside.
Symbolic perhaps of the lives they represent, left behind by the
retreating white authority. They have been left to rot, disintegrate. A
mountain of personal information, stories, lives, histories, artefacts,
carelessly abandoned. The scene has such clarity as a symbol encapsulating
a society gone so wrong, that despite the traumatic post-apocalypticism,
it feels disconcertingly like a godsend. But how to go on? How to make art
from these images of such pain, such abandonment? How to make art when
everything is this fucked up?

Rob van Kranenburg will discuss 'The breakdown of control and surveillance
situations, Police 3.0, the Facebook Generation and Garbage 3.0? What does
it mean?'

Detroit is called by some a 'dying city', by others a 'city of hope'. The
backbone of industry and the middleclass has left the city in ruins
with, in some places gangs ruling and violence in the streets. Yet others
are also going to Detroit as they see opportunities for self-organisation.
Can we envision a scenario like this coming to cities like Paris, Brussels,
Rotterdam? The ingredients seem to be there; a political Weimar
situation with ineffective politicians, a deep economic crisis and  
financial unrest, an enormous loss of industrial jobs, antagonism between
different cultural social and religious groups in the cities, and a
growing group of young people with bleak prospects for making enough money
to support a decent home for their families. Yet are we ready for
self-organisation? Just look at Amsterdam and Utrecht recently - can we do
Garbage 3.0 with our I-phones and Facebook buying Foursquare? Aren?t we
living with our heads in the clouds? Is this Facebook generation capable
of finding a mix of cold and warm solidarity that will also feed generic
infrastructures - roads, sewage, garbage collection?

And Suzanne Hogendoorn with a small presentation compiled around the
self-organisatory character of the developing world / global south
mega-cities and the mirror they hold up imagine what the future can bring
to mega-cities in the so-called West. Suzanne looks at these mechanisms by
using Karachi as an example of the dynamics and structures of
self-organization that develop when everything is uncertain. When no
structure or rules exist what are applied by the state, the people start
to apply their own structures and rules.

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