THE OTHER/COEXISTENCE/THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

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Engaging with the situations that are close to us, inhabiting and caring for the places and the actors who move and live in/through them, caring about the particular and caring about difference, developing alternative objectivities which rest upon situated knowledges… might be a very good way to take responsibility, to act and start transforming the world around us through “enabling practices” – diverse ways in which “things” are allowed to happen otherwise.

Engaging with such situations and developing such situated knowledges must necessarily happen in concert with others, and in concert with things. The politics of such relations must be incorporated, brought back into the design process. Our presence within, our being-already-there must be thought through and considered: How can we take part in the design challenge that it is to fundamentally reconfigure the socioeconomic relations and “orgwares” that shape our lives? How can we “architect” the world through the development of an alternative economy of contribution that emerges from an ethics of care and an aesthetics of encounter? How can we enable forms of effective togetherness that lead to emergent and collaborative forms of ownership?

How do we want to live together? How do we combine a commitment to life as becoming and the distance and attitude required by a radical project of critical thought?

Emancipation means: the blurring of the distance between those who act and those who look; between individuals and members of a collective body” (Ranciere, 2009)

 

Aurore Guiset, Pablo Salinas, Nika Urbic

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