Living Together 28 June

Living Together is an event that brings together artists, geographers, architectural historians and planners to explore the ways in which we live and work are helped or hindered by (sub)-urban infrastructure.

Confirmed Contributors:

  • Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory)
  • Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins
  • Clive Barnett (Professor of Geography and Social Theory, Univeristy of Exeter)
  • Torange Khorsani (CASS/Public Works)
  • Screening of Stuart Whipp’s Carboniferous Epoch  
  • Screening of Pia Ronicke’s Zonen 

Through presentations, discussions, screenings and a workshop we will indirectly reference Barthes’ lectures titled How To Live Together in which he speaks about how one recognises and respects the individual rhythms of the other. Thinking about such issues in the context of intentionally planned towns and cities reveals how the relations between people are bound up in infrastructure.

This public programme accompanies artists Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins’ recent residency in the nearby new town of Cranbrook, where they have been researching the affective and relational dimensions of infrastructure.

Kern and Hoskins will lead a workshop, inviting attendees to become a ‘convention of future experts’ and through an open and generous discussion explore how ‘risk’ and ‘failure’ could impact the town’s future.

Everyone is welcome to assume a ‘future expert’ position. We especially invite anyone who will become an expert on Cranbrook through some kind of involvement in the town, leading up to its completion in 2031. All kinds of expertise and experience will be invaluable, from civil servants, parents, researchers, artists, retailers, teachers, ramblers, commuters, activists and students.

This convention comes mid-way through the first public consultation of the town’s new Development Plan, a document that is critical to the future spaces of Cranbrook and potentially to towns, villages and homes everywhere. With the future expertise to hand, we will conduct a ‘risk analysis’ to help ensure the town’s spaces are completed without failure, and to establish exactly what that would mean. We have been thinking especially about risks around infrastructure, and whether in 2031 that will refer to things like water and broadband provision, or supportive relationships and an identity you can be happy with.

Booking information 
Places are limited so advance booking is essential. Click here to book.

The event is free of charge but we invite you to pay £5 and join us for lunch.