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23 Oct 2014

Informal Common Grounds / the self produced city

Performances | screenings | presentations | debates and concerts about the self-made city
S.M.U.R. in collaboration with Teatro Valle Occupato and Metropoliz


October 22 / 19.00 h Goethe-Institut Rom, Presentation of the publication ROMA, CITTÀ AUTOPRODOTTA October 24 / from 14.30 h on, Metropoliz: The material construction of the city October 25 / from 11.00 h on Metropoliz: The immaterial construction of the city October 26 / 11.00 - 17.00 h Metropoliz, Urban transformation and 'Mapping Roma Est'

Antonella Perin

Goethe-Institute Rom, Via Savoia 15
Metropoliz, Via Prenestina 913
00198 Roma

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Self Made Urbanism Rome

The art exhibition Self Made Urbanism Rome was shown in autumn 2013 at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in Berlin. One year later the project returns to Rome with a series of presentations and debates. The events give artists, activists, scholars and associations an opportunity to reflect and discuss forms of self-organization and self–production of the city.

For centuries Rome has evolved by means of the material and social production of its citizens, in their practices of daily life and in various urban cultures that form the city. This social production responds to various necessities of its territories, from the urgency to satisfy primary needs like housing to the creation of social and cultural spaces. These practices draw a counter-geography of spaces inside the planned city. They are a result of self-organization, of internal and international migration, and acts of resistance to the dynamics of neoliberal development, of relational conflicts and a practice of the right to the city that in the current phase reformulates urban spaces as commons. The self-production of the city comes in many different ways: from illegal building to the informal, from Roma camps to self-organized quarters, from the re-appropriation of housing, to cultural and social, free and independent spaces.

These meetings go through the history of the city along Via Casilina and its quarters: The case of Pantanella, Pigneto, Mandrione and Tor Fiscale, Tor Pignattara, the Roma camps Casilino 700 and 900, Tor Bella Monaca, Borghesiana and Finocchio and conclude with an exchange of experiences on a national and international level.

S.M.U.R. meets Teatro Valle Occupato and Metropoliz, two emblematic experiences, contemporary urban laboratories of political, social and artistic experiments that redefine metropolitan space oscillating between various action strategies and new cultural models. This collaboration is the base for a common reflections that will be presented during the following days.

Curated by
S.M.U.R.: Jochen Becker, Carlo Cellamare, Christian Hanussek, Antonella Perin, Susanna Perin, Alessandro Lanzetta
Teatro Valle Occupato