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2020/1/2 Slutty Urbanism: Queering the Ambiguous Relationship Between Art, Public Space and Urban Politics
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2020/1/2 Slutty Urbanism: Queering the Ambiguous Relationship Between Art, Public Space and Urban Politics
 
 
Slutty Urbanism: Queering the Ambiguous Relationship Between Art, Public Space and Urban Politics
Date: 2020.1.2, 13:30~15:30
Venue: Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, TNUA
Lecturer: Ying-Tzu Lin

Introduction

‘Slutty Urbanism’ tackles the openings and enclosures in the (digital) urban arena. It addresses issues of diversity, subjectivity, social responsibility and activism. Slutty Urbanism (SU) is a provocative concept. We make use of the metaphor of ‘slut’ in two ways. Symbolically, it expresses the harsh forms of extraction and extreme commodification of urban space through global digital platforms. It goes beyond the cultural-symbolic façade of sharing economy and technological determinism of smart city. Semantically, ‘sluttiness’ has been associated with four major epithets: pathology, sin, amorality and promiscuity. We look at each of them to talk about particular powerful actors reshaping urban space and access to cities. The aim is to address entrepreneurial enclosures, legalistic bureaucracies and cleansed heritage ghettos, our answer should be no longer a constructive one: our counter strategies might be offensive and promiscuous. SU maps the messy nexus of urban space abuse. In this lecture, together with audiences, by applying the lens of SU, we will take a thought experiment to examine the relationship between art, public space and urban politics in our city. 

Lecturer

Ying-Tzu Lin was born and raised in Taipei, currently lives in Amsterdam. She is a PhD researcher at the Center of Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, as well as the founder and editor of the Eyes on Place. Lin has the diplomas of Agronomy, Sociology, Landscape Architecture and Spatial planning. She is not an artist but enjoys music. In between her studies, she worked with education/pedagogy organizations, planning consultancies, volunteer in music scene and wandering in cities. She cares about the issues on public spaces and urban politics. In recent years, she has been working on the topics about street markets, children friendly urban environment and feminism geography.

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