Curatorial assistant for the symposium Social Housing—Housing the Social, a two-day symposium (4 and 5 November 2011) that emphasises the relationship between the waning political and practical imperative of social housing and the broader conceptual or philosophical idea of ‘housing the social’. Social Housing—Housing the Social is the second edition of Actors, Agents and Attendants, a series of symposia initiated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain in collaboration with Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths).

Social Housing—Housing the Social is a two-day symposium that emphasises the relationship between the waning political and practical imperative of social housing and the broader political and philosophical idea of ‘housing the social.’ Given the increasing global condition of unequal wealth distribution, and the specific urgency brought about by cuts in social and cultural funding in the Netherlands, can forms of cultural production be reclaimed as tools with which to design and defend social space, or are the agents and engineers of such projects merely tools in the further decoration of reduced welfare rights? What do we want cities to accommodate today? What is the legacy of the utopian ideals of the 1960s and what alternative plans for living together in cities are being incubated now? How do we deal with the very real problems of social division brought about by poverty, migration, addiction and lack of representation? What roles do artists, designers, architects play in this process?

The programme of the symposium combines lectures, presentations and discussions of specific case studies, performances and film screenings.

Actors, Agents and Attendants II: Social Housing—Housing the Social
Symposium organised by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam

November 4 and 5, 2011
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

Contributors include
Yazid Anani (architect, Birzeit University, PS), Laura Burkhalter (architect, Institute for Bionomic Urbanism, USA), Joana Conill (film director, ES), Chto Delat (artist collective, R), Adri Duivesteijn (politician PvdA, NL), DUS Architects (architect collective, NL), Zoran Erić (curator, MOCA Belgrade, RS), Fallen Fruit (art and activist collective, USA), Bregtje van der Haak (documentary filmmaker, NL), Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist, NL), Ernst van den Hemel (philosopher and activist, NL), Jiang Jun (editor-in-chief, Urban China Magazine, CN), Chris Keulemans (artistic director, Tolhuistuin, NL), Sabrina Lindemann (artist, NL), Don Mitchell (urban geographer, Syracuse University, USA), Merijn Oudenampsen (social and political scientist, NL), Marjetica Potrč (artist and architect, SI), Partizan Publik (design and action collective, NL), Recht auf Stadt (activists, Hamburg, D), Arnold Reijndorp (urban sociologist UvA, NL), Miguel Robles-Duran (architect, Parsons The New School for Design, USA), Arno van Roosmalen (director STROOM, NL), Martha Rosler (artist, USA), Christoph Schäfer (artist, D), Pelin Tan (sociologist/art historian, KHAS University Istanbul, TR), Ultra-red (artist collective, international), Roman Vasseur (artist, UK).

Curators Fulya Erdemci (SKOR) and Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Associate curator and coordinator Vesna Madzoski (SKOR)