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Scarcity Makes the City

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Author: Mann, Geoff
The first talk in the series, Scarcity Makes the City, features Vancouver-based economic geographer Geoff Mann. Looking at how modern political economy affects social relations and our experience of everyday life, Mann will discuss how contemporary capitalist dynamics shape Vancouver’s urban context, and the pasts, presents, and futures that weave it together.
Spaces of Contestation: Art, Activism and the City is a series of talks, curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the SFU Institute for the Humanities, and UNIT/PITT Projects. The series is part of a multi-layered project researching the aesthetic and conceptual overlap existing between strategies for participatory performance and activist self-organized demonstrations (presented as part of UNIT/PITT Projects 2013-14 programming year). Realized through a series of discursive events, site-specific performances, an exhibition and print publications, this project seeks to establish connections between artistic and activist actions in urban space, and initiate dialogue about the transformative potential of these types of interventions on the urban experience through the creation temporary communities and alternative subject positions.For more information on the project:
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