Topographies of the possible: creating situations and spaces of a city's counter narrative
Laila Huber (University Salzburg)
Paper short abstract:
Looking at the city as a collage and bricolage of situations and spaces, I am researching its topography of the possible between the poles and at the margins of the artsfield and the political field. At the margins is where according to Pierre Bourdieu the transformative potentials are located.
Paper long abstract:
Relying on Jacques Rancière's claim that arts and politics are the social fields where the conditions of partaking are negotiated and allocated, I am interested in the creation of temporary communicative situations and permanent spaces of a counter imaginary and narrative of the city. This creating of structures, situations, spaces and the imaginary by the inhabitants of a city and stakeholders of the cultural field, could be called with Ranciere the "topography of the possible". Looking at the city as a collage and bricolage of situations and spaces of social action and cultural production and building on Ina-Maria Greverus' concept of collage of new and old, of one's self and the other we can find out more about the cultural tissue of a city, its cracks, fissures and the constantly selfrenewing patch-work of old and new constituting the cities topography of the possible. Referring to Claude Levi-Strauss' term of bricolage I would like to point to the inherent logic of places with the collective imaginary as a crucial element in partaking and sharing. Bricolage includes the using of existing structures, objects, and their arbitrary assembly and transformation. Applied to the city context it can be understood as creating newly compounded and shaped social spaces and collective imaginaries. Which is the local bricolage of common grounds and differences of local stakeholders and their practices challenging the dominant narrative of a city? Discussed with empirical data from the city of Salzburg/Austria.
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