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the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers

© Veronica Mastrosimone 2010. Buenos Aires

Worldwide, new religious movements are shaping communities, changing cultures, economies and everyday life in the metropolis.
the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers is an exhibition project  discussing the influence of religious rituals on the spatial organisation of large, in highly dynamic major cities like Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Istanbul, Beirut, Jakarta, Kinshasa, and Berlin.  Questioning how different religious movements appropriate the cities as a stage and the shifts of meaning they do create, the show might become a must for any kind of urban researcher out there. the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers was on display at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin at the end of 2011. Now, the project will stop by in Autria. So, go there to make up your mind:

the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers
28.1. 2012 – 1.4. 2012
Camera Austria
Lendkai 1,
8020 Graz, Austria

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thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied.

How can we understand the physical flows through this specific place and time in relation to constellations of urban thought? Can the bodily connection to these thoughts be mapped or choreographed or understood? Carolyn Deby (an artist and choreographer and currently artist in residence at UCL Urban Laboratory), who works internationally as sirencrossing, will be concerning these questions from an embodied perspective through movement, sound, text, place and video. Highlighting interactions with spaces, gazes and thoughts that lie beyond the boundaries of the institution and consider interleaved layers of an urban existence.
The site-specific choreography is limited to fourty visitors at a time who`ll be experiencing the performance by travelling together in and around the UCL`s Bedford Way building: In particular, flows between people, ideas, practices and territories within the Urban Laboratory, and between it and its surrounding ‘everyday’ contexts, will be explored as a series of simultaneous ‘cities’. “The movement of audiences through time and space is as important to the work and the experience as is the devised movement of ‘performers’ or the juxtaposition of events, images, words, sound and place that might occur during the course of a piece. The use of place centres on exploring and revealing the psychogeographic topography of specific urban environments”, Deby explains on her web-site, and furthermore: “I am interested in the collision between the built environment of cities and the forces of the natural world. It seems to me that the human body is itself the repository and the meeting point for all the conflicts, dreams and fragments that are generated on the border between concrete and green. I am most interested in the places where the city cracks open, or is forgotten: the places where decay and dereliction open up the possibility of seeing the city in an altered light.”

thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied
a site-specific choreography by Carolyn Deby,
UCL Bedford Way building,
26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th January 2012
two shows nightly: 6:15pm + 8:15pm
free entrance
limited audience capacity – booking required

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sex work – an excursion to vienna`s west

Some numbers as basic knowledge: In Vienna there`re 2,200 women officially registered as sex workers, but according to estimates there`re 2,000 – 2,500 non-registered prostitutes. 70-90% of the women are migrants. A number of appr. 100-200 women are working in the streets and on a daily basis about 15,000 men pay for sexual services. (source*)

Due to the big interest in the city walks to places of sex work, there`ll be another chance to join a feministic walk through the western area of Vienna in January 2012. Guided by Elisabeth Kofler, questions concerning the new law of prostitution, which came into effect on November 1, 2012, the places of prostitution, the economic and societal context and the effect of topographic structures of the city will be discussed.

Sex Work – An Excursion to Vienna`s West*
open to all genders
January 15, 2012 13:00 (2-3 hours)
 registration is required until January 5, 2012: frauenreferat@oeh.ac.at
*organized by the ÖH – Department for Human Rights and Social Policy

To get yourself ready, I recommend reading Löw, Martina; Ruhne, Renate (2011). Prostitution. Herstellungsweisen einer anderen Welt. Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag.

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Read the city and get an impression on how political and societal developments effect a city`s structure: This video concentrating on  forms of urban agglomerations is part two of the series The world we live in seen from an outer space perspective by Die Zeit.

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cultural acupuncture treatment for suburb.

In times of urban sprawl and an enormous growth of suburbs around cities in the world, the project Culburb (which stands for Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburb) aims to reactivating the public realm in the suburbs of Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Bratislava by fostering acupuncture interventions that effect as well interactions between the inhabitants as the community life.

The pressure made by suburbia and sprawl to the core of a city is not just an infrastructural issue connected with financial investment, but it brings a paradox to the contemporary city because it is increasingly loosing one of its primary functions – housing. The majority of city users no longer lives in the city; home is beyond the city borders. This fact causes a new political map where city users, the ones living in suburbia, almost have stronger voting potential than city residents. This distribution of political power is deadly for the future of the European city. Either it is necessary to change the structure of political systems, or to extend city functions to suburbia and decrease daily migration. – Press Release

To start the cityfication of suburbia, individuals and collectives with artistic, architectural or backgrounds from other fields are invited to join the project with their ideas and interpretations that lead to socializing; the reduction of barriers; enhancement in the quality of the environment; and improved community life.

Detailled information on the call for entries can be found here.
Registration (culburb@culburb.eu) is open until 10. 01. 2012.
Submission in English language must be sent no later than 31. 01. 2012 on culburb@culburb.eu
Website: http://www.culburb.eu/

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