Below you can view a presentation by a participant concerning how we can connect the demonstrations that are going to take place tomorrow with the “mapping the commons” workshop. The revolt and “greek riots” which happened on December 6th 2008, have lead to an annual agenda of demonstations all over Athens and Greece on that day. Specifically, the presentation shows how we can study the route the demonstration in Athens takes, a “mapping” of this route in terms of public space, while not forgetting to connect and contrast the route with the actual place it occurs, for example Propulaia (why is it always the starting point?), the American embassy (perhaps an “anti-common” in the city of Athens) etc. The participants will continue to try to embed this map into the hackitectura project.
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Cartography as global activism
Using the map as an act of performance, a research tool and a way to establish and define territory and political action
- Conservative policy in U.S.A. used a map (referring to Iraq as Al Qaeda, in order to legitimitize war in that area)
- Bureau d’etudes the system map
-Complexity of system, which states very useful information, requires a great deal of research and contains scientific information. Use of maps to desribe political and social movements as a act of activism (on subject such as refuse of biopolice, world governement, world monitoring etc)
- Hackitectura maps
Sevilla Global (activism against the summit of European ministers, zapatistas, revolutionary group)
Union Europea (visualization of territory with a specific point of view such as immigrants, workers) Groups with political agenda used the map to organize their agenda.
Forum of Culture in Barcelona (activists created a map in order to present the “truth about the forum”, they decoded it)
Politics map in Venice 2006-2007
Other works of cartography:
Participants (Penny and Andreas, architects) gave a presentation on spatial definition and how it can be considered in relation to commons …. Regarding space in the Athens cityscape:
“in‐between spaces can be considered
every area where two different
environments collide, two different
situations, two different social functions.
The in‐between is a border which tends
to be an area, an interface of action
where its contents react, superimpose
penetrate each other giving birth to a
pace of transformation and interaction”