[-empyre-] new week, new guests, some reminders

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 11:10:50 EST 2012

March 2011 on –empyre soft-skinned space moderated by Ana Valdes (UR) with
Brian Holmes (US), Alicia Migdal, (UR) Ethel Baraona Pohl (SP), Pablo de
Soto (SP), Carlos Urzola (US), Sabela de Tezanos (UR), Diego Hernández
Nilson (UR), Leandro Delgado (UR), Eduardo Navas (US), Ricardo Dominguez
(US), and Teddy Cruz (US)

"Urban resilience" , to try to understand the new ways and methods of
activism and resilience performed in the urban environment. We live in a
world where the populations tend  to desert the rural areas and gather in
megacities. The urban tissue is made of gests, rituals, memes going viral
and reproducing themselves. We are going to gather in this discussion
Spanish architects and urbanists working in Fukushima and mapping the
resistance against the nuclear, Uruguayan writers and philosophers working
at museums and universities, thinking about time and space in a time of
change of paradigms.
Where is the axis where urbanists, architects, activists, writers and
philosophers converge and interact? Since Guy Debord wrote about the city
and the situationists saw in the city the canvas of actions and art have we
been fascinated with the movements and actions generated by the city in

Week 1: Ethel Baraona and Pablo
de Soto.
Week 2: Alicia Migdal and Sabela de Tezanos
Week 3: Brian Holmes, Teddy Cruz and Eduardo Navas
Week 4: Diego Hernandez, Carlos Urzola and Ricardo Dominguez

Ana Valdes is an Uruguayan writer and anthropologist, working in cross
disciplinary research, visual arts, cyberculture and activism. She has
lived in Sweden for the most of her life, now she is in Uruguay and want to
start a magazine about urbanistic issues.
She has been involved in the Palestine struggle and has been human shield
in the region several times.

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic with interests in economics,
sociology and politics, as well as street activism and self-organized
education. His most recent collaborative project is called "Three Crises:
30s-70s-Today" (http://messhall.org/?page_id=771). Text archive at
Alicia Migdal is an Uruguayan writer and literary critic. She is
specialized in popular culture and cinema. As a writer she is considered
one of the strongest voices of her generation and she has been awarded with
several prestigious prizes. She has been the chair of the Uruguayan Penclub.

*Ethel Baraona Pohl. Architect [although she prefers to call herself:
Professional Amateur]. Her work is a real hub linking several publications
and actors on architecture and theory. Contributing editor for different
blogs and
magazines such as Domus <http://www.domusweb.it/>,
Quaderns<http://quaderns.coac.net/en>, La Ciudad Viva, and MAS Context<
http://www.mascontext.com/tag/dpr-barcelona/>, among others. She is
co-founder of the independent publishing house dpr-barcelona <

Pablo de Soto is an architect and cofounder  of www.hackitectura.net.
Editor of the books *Fadaiat: libertad de movimiento, libertad de
conocimiento* <http://fadaiat.net/>, *Situation Room: diseñando un
prototipo ciudadano de la sala de situación*<
http://issuu.com/pablodesoto/docs/situation_room> y de los
mapas del 15M<
In the last months he has been participating in the Tokyo camp, Ocuppy
working with antinuclear movement in Japan, he is investigating the
social and cultural answer to the nuclear catastrophe of  Fukushima en
desde Fukushima* <http://www.scoop.it/t/cartas-desde-fukushima>.

Carlos Urzola is born in Cartagena, Colombia, Urzola has 20+ years of
domestic and international experience in the field of architecture and
construction. He is very passionate about architecture, sustainability and

Sabela de Tezanos is a writer an philosopher, working in the field of
cultural management. She is a professor at the Montevideo's University and
works as a curator at the Museum of Precolombine Art.

Diego Hernández Nilson is an Anthropologist, master in Sociology and
International Studies. He is a University teacher and research in the
fields of ethnobothanic, theory of hegemony and in international issues. He
has a dog called Zumbi :)

Leandro Delgado is a writer and a comunicator, a cultural journalist,
working within the fields of urbanism and literature.

Eduardo Navas researches the crossover of art and media in culture. His
production includes art & media projects, critical texts, and curatorial
projects. He has presented and lectured about his work and research

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater and
a professor at UC San Diego in the Visual Arts Department, where he runs
the b.a.n.g. lab, a space for artivist practices. He has pioneered
developments in virtual sit-ins and electronic civil disobedience. In 2010,
he became under legal investigation, in which his tenure was threatened,
for a virtual sit-in led against the UC Office of the President and his
current project, The Transborder Immigrant Tool.

Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He obtained a Master in Design
Studies at Harvard University in 1997 and established his research- based
architecture practice in San Diego, California in 2000. He has been
recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana- San Diego
border, and in collaboration with community-based nonprofit organizations
such as Casa Familiar, for his work on affordable housing in relationship
to an urban policy more inclusive of social and cultural programs for the
city.  In 2008 he was selected to represent the US in the Venice
Architecture Biennial and he is currently an associate professor in public
culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of
California, San Diego.


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