Experimenting/experiencing the city: The urban experience / south africa & elsewhere

Through crossed perspectives, Experimenting / Experiencing the City will try to tackle both the risk and the interest of a multi-disciplinary approach to question the city.

11-20 May 2017


It aims to open the debate around the notions of "city" and "urban" in the complex relationship that unites them, to study the links between integration, exclusion and citizenship in an era of globalisation and complex urban identities.

Among other approaches, the notion of spatial justice can help to look at these issues. The use – and definition – of public space or public art needs to be questioned. The housing options offered to city-dwellers, particularly the middle classes, need to be viewed and interrogated: what forces drive the market and orient the shape of the city?

Experimentations and experiences from South Africa, Mozambique, Brazil, India, and elsewhere, will be presented and confronted. Debates will gather academics, who question and conceptualize the city, urban actors (from street vendors to developers), who make the city, and artists, who live and share their experience of the city. Artistic works and events – performances, photos and films – will be expanded to the workshops and echo and enrich the discussions.

Full programme: click here


Screening / Viewing the City

Documentary Film Festival
Venue: The Bioscope Independant Cinema, Johannesburg

11 May 2017 / 7:30 pm
Soweto Times of Wrath - Siphamandla Bongwana, Stanford Gibson, Nduduzo Shandu, Jerry Obakeng Gaegane, Asanda Kupa & Gontse, 2016 | Documentary (61 min)
Q&A session with director N. Shandu

12 May 2017 / 7:30 pm
Unhinged: Surviving Jo’Burg - Adrian Loveland, 2010 | Documentary (52 min)
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13 May 2017 / 8:00 pm
The Battle For Johannesburg - Rehad Desai & Darryl Els, 2010 | Documentary (71 min)
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14 May 2017 / 7:00 pm
Africa Shafted: Under One Roof - Ingrid Martens, 2011 | Documentary (55 min)
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Photographing / Walking the city


Exhibition and book launch

20th May 2017 – 11:00 am
Venue: Alliance Française of Johannesburg

Opening of exhibition of photos – ALONG THE CORRIDORS – by Mark Lewis.

Mark Lewis invites us to take a walk with him in Johannesburg. His work focuses on “the corridors of freedom” and helps to comprehend the social and spatial transformations of South African society.

Book launch of # 8 in the series: Wake Up, This is Joburg by Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack.

Don’t miss the 8th edition - previous books are sold-out - of the book serie Wake Up, This Is Joburg, written by urban planner Tanya Zack and photographed by Mark Lewis. Wake Up, This Is Joburg tells “the stories of ten ordinary, interesting, odd or outrageous denizens of the city of Johannesburg”.


Discussing / Debating the city

15th May 2017 – Wits University

Roundtable 1 : How does the notion of ‘spatial justice’ assist in understanding contemporary urban dynamics?
- 9:00am-1:00pm
Venue: Dorothy Suskind Amphitheater, John Moffat Building (Architecture and Planning)

*9.30 am-11.30 am: Session 1 – Competing claims to spatial justice
*11.45 am-1.00 pm: Session 2 – Crafting policy instruments for spatial justice

Roundtable 2: What would “just” governance of street trading look like in Johannesburg?
- Schedule: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Venue: First Floor Seminar Room, John Moffat Building (Architecture and Planning)

*2.15 pm-3.15 pm: Question 1 – Terms & conceptualisation of spatial justice
*3.15 pm-4.15 pm: Question 2 – Dimensions of spatial justice and their tensions
*4.30 pm-5.30 pm: Question 3 – Scales of justice

16th May 2017 - MuseumAfrica

Roundtable 3: Public spaces and art

- Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm / Debate 6:00pm-8:00pm

*9.30 am-11 am: Session 1 – Who is doing art in public spaces and what for?
*11.15 am-1.00 pm: Session 2 – Where are the publics of art?
*2.30 pm-4 pm: Session 3 – What can art do to public (and) spaces?
*5.00 pm: Cocktail and Experiential Sunset Slow Run with Anthea Moys

Anthea Moys is an artist, a teacher and a playful creativity consultant. In her capacity as all of these identities Anthea engages people in situations that ask them to break and remake the rules and find new ways to work and play together.

It will take your breath away…
Join Anthea Moys for a 20-30 minutes experiential run/walk through NEWTOWN. It’s a work (play) out: to move through, to breath in, to look again. Get ready to get your game on! Wear comfy clothes and shoes you can run/walk in. 5pm we leave Museum Africa. If you don’t want to come on the run we will collect views, treasures and stories that we will share with you upon our return.

- 6.00 pm-8.00: Public debate – Art in public spaces: what and whom for? with Lawrence Lemaoana (artist) and Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (geographer)

18th May 2017 – Wits Club, Wits University

Roundtable 4: Housing of the middle classes: real estate actors’ strategies and urban stakes
- Schedule: 8:45am-3:30pm / Debate 3:45pm-5:15pm

*9.30 am-11 am: Session 1 – Middle-class housing stakes: demand, supply and the housing market
*11.15 am-12.45 pm: Session 2 – Local policies, the private sector and the middle class
*2 pm-3.45 pm: Session 3 – Housing the middle-class – Individual experiences
*3.45 pm- 5.15 pm: Public debate – Housing the middle class?
*5.30 pm-7 pm: Book launch Agnès Deboulet (ed.), Rethinking precarious neighbourhoods, 2016 with Alan Mabin, Agnès Deboulet & Irène Salenson
*7 pm-8 pm: Cocktail

Discussing / Debating elsewhere…

Debate – Cape Town
Urban and social mobility in Cape Town
Date: 17th May 2017 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Alliance française of Cape Town

Debate – Durban
Envisioning Durban as a walkable and transparent city
Date: 22th May 2017 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Alliance française of Durban

Side event – Maputo
Justiça espacial, desafios fundiários e imobiliários nas cidades da África Austral.
Abordagens comparadas Moçambique/África do Sul
Date: 22th May 2017 – 08:30 am-11:30 am
Venue: Anfiteatro da Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Exhibition IRD – On tour in Alliances Française of South Africa…
The New City - I am the new city
How to create a more sustainable urban world, together
Opening date: 22th May 2017
Venue: Alliance française of Durban

Download the Press release here.

Press release from IFAS Recherche

publie le 04/05/2017

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