Rights To The City? Forum

Conway Hall, WC1R 4RL

12 May 2018 - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Rights To The City? Forum

How can we re-imagine the communities we live in? What does social practice in arts education look like today? As London neighbourhoods continue to feel the effects of austerity and gentrification, the Serpentine presented Rights to the City?, a one-day forum at Conway Hall on Saturday 12 May, where artists, organisations and practitioners from around the world gathered to explore the place of social and political activity in art making.

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‘The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is ... one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.’  David Harvey

Fifty years after the worldwide protests of 1968 and the publication of Henri Le Febvre’s influential book, Le droit à la ville, the forum launches a six-month series of public workshops and events, reflecting on the Serpentine’s own legacy of co-commissioning projects with communities, artists and activists and asking how arts education might contest the increasingly privatised and commodified social and public space of our cities.

Participants include long-time Serpentine collaborators and international guests:

Luis Agosto-Leduc, Barby Asante, Ain Bailey, Yogesh Barve, Simone Browne, Luis Camnitzer, Clark House Initiative, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Adelita Husni-Bey, Jasleen Kaur, Koyo Kouoh, Gail Lewis, Saviya Lopes, Paul Maheke, Julia Morandeira, Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negron, Amol K Patil, Peter Pal Pelbart, Sondra Perry, Emily Pethick, Brigada Puerta de Tierra, Sumesh Sharma, Patricia Thomson, Mick Wilson, Jo White from the Portman Early Childhood Centre, Mia White and Rehana Zaman.


10:30 Tea and coffee  

11:00  Introductions 
          Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel 
          Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp

11:30  Changing Play moderated by Alex Thorp   
          Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad
          Adelita Husni-Bey 
          Jasleen Kaur 
          Pat Thomson 
          Alex Thorp
          Jo White 

12:30 Luis Camnitzer 

13:00 Peter Pal Pelbart and Hans Ulrich Obrist  

+  Lunch +  

14:20 Barby Asante

14:45 Brigada Puerta de Tierra moderated by Julia Morandeira
          Luis Agosto-Leduc
          Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón 
          Margarita Ramos 
          José Vélez “Pichual” 

15:15  Clark House Initiatives 
          Yogesh Barve
          Saviya Lopes
          Sumesh Sharma
          Amol K Patil
          Niccolò Moscatelli

15:45  Koyo Kouoh, Emily Pethick and Mick Wilson 

+ Coffee Break +

17:00  Paul Maheke and Alex Thorp
17:20  Gail Lewis and Rehana Zaman 
17:50  Simone Browne, Sondra Perry and Mia White
18:30  Closing Remarks  
19:00  Ain Bailey DJ set

Serpentine Education & Projects builds dynamic relationships between art, artists and people, challenging where art and can be encountered and by whom. Over the past ten years, the programme has worked on redefining the role of the arts during periods of social change, addressing issues such as migrant rights, care, schooling and labour with individuals and groups excluded from the decision-making processes that shape the places where they live and work. Through sustained, community-centred and embedded projects with a focus on communities local to the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington and Westminster, participants have realised their power and developed strategies to change their lives, their cities and their world.


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