The Art of Engagement Symposium
21 October, 2009 at the MCA, Sydney
'Wasted time' and the process of emancipation
Sylvie Blocher and François Daune, Campement Urbain
Collaborative art and social action group, based in Saint-Denis, Paris, France
Chair: Judith Blackall, Head Artistic Programs, MCA, Sydney
Sylvie Blocher and François Daune (Campement Urbain) strive to underline how a project in public
space can generate a series of proposals subsequently allowing local tenants to indulge in a
process of emancipation. The starting point will be previous experience gained through the project
Je et Nous (France).
By means of the pre-project The Panthers of the Future / The Future of the Panthers (Australia),
Campement Urbain has sought out a process using social tales and urban fiction to make questions
of meaning emerge that are not normally admitted into urban planning.
Either of the chosen procedures relies on the idea of ‘wasted time’, catering for singular voices and
practices. As opposed to productive time and normalised processes, ‘wasted time’ helps to voice
expectations and demands that are not admitted elsewhere.
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