Julia Udall, Sam Vardy, Goran Vodicka (Sheffield Hallam University),
Paula McCloskey (Derby University)
(im)possible Complicities - Session 1
May 23, 2019
How can we start to think about relations with others in the production of and life in, the contemporary city, when our language, imagination and praxes have been so co-opted by the spectacle and capital? Whether we call it the anthropocene, the chthuluscene or the capitaloscene, our epoch is fundamentally relational, both the crises that engulf the earth and the alternative imaginaries that are made and necessary all speak of connections, affiliations, alliances, networks and interdependencies, all of which relate in complex, non-linear, entangled ways. At the core of many resistant, creative, relational practices and positions is a recurring and dominant figure, the prefix co- ; which has been exhausted of power and potential as it tries to fuel collective desires and practices, nowhere more so than in the life and transformations of the city.