Driftingspace – Textually Active 5

For their 5th Textally Active project ‘We Can Do IT – A Code for Plymouth’ Driftingspace are calling out for manifestos and proposals.

The full text of their call reads as follows:

Is there a code for the ideal city? How do we create it? Is such a thing as the ideal city even possible? Is your Utopia my Dystopia? Is my playground your prison? What is democratic space?

In your city, where is the Underbelly?  The Salacious? The Salubrious? Where is Toytown Green? The Docks? Where is the Knowledge? Financial Row? This is our city. Is it yours?

 Jane Jacobs says “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  Words without meaning? Or words with purpose?

 Jane Jacobs warns “Some who are fortunate enough to have communities still do fight to keep them, but they have seldom prevailed. While people possess a community, they usually understand that they can’t afford to lose it; but after it is lost, gradually even the memory of what was lost is lost.”

Are we there? Are we lost? We had 100 years of progress. How do we get back to where we were?

WE ARE SEEKING CREATIVE RESPONSES TO SUPPORT A CONFERENCE ON CITIZENSHIP, COMMUNITY, HOUSING ACTIVISM, POLITICAL ALLIES, AND THE POP UP CITY.

WE ARE SEEKING IDEAS AND MANIFESTOS. DIGITAL MODELS. ARTEFACTS. PROVOCATIONS. WORKS IN PROGRESS.

WE ARE SEEKING THE IDEAL CITY. THE CITY OF/FOR THE PEOPLE, LED BY THE PEOPLE.

THE CITY OF IDEAS AND DREAMS AND AMBITIONS AND HOPES.

WE ARE SEEKING THE CITY THAT IS VISIBLE IN THE CORNER OF YOUR EYE. A CITY THAT IS WALKABLE AND LIVABLE, AND CREATIVE AND VIBRANT AND FAIR. A CITY OF COMMUNITIES AND SOCIETIES ALL LIVING FOR THE COMMON GOOD. SHARING AND CARING ABOUT WHAT THE CITY COULD AND SHOULD BE.

WE ARE SEEKING MOVEMENTS. THOUGHTS. FUTURES, NOTIONS & PROVOCATIONS… OR A RETURN TO FORM?

WE ARE SEEKING OTHERS TO HELP US MAKE SENSE OF A QUESTION THAT IS LEFT PURPOSELY AMBIVALENT.

PLEASE SEND MANIFESTOS AND PROPOSALS TO:

driftingspace@gmail.com

WITH THE SUBJECT HEADING: A CODE FOR PLYMOUTH

 DEADLINE:  MIDNIGHT, MONDAY 21ST MAY, 2018

The Textually Active conference will take place in Plymouth, UK on
Saturday 2nd June 2018 from 9am-5pm, venue to be confirmed.

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