The Right to the Creative City: Urban Technopolotics

Sponsored by Humanities Center, Stanford Arts, Urban Studies Program


Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA

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The Right to the Creative City is a series of public discussions exploring the politics of urban futures, co-organized by Andrew Herscher and Johanna Taylor. Drawing on political, aesthetic, and technological perspectives, each discussion brings work on the creative city into relation with struggles for the right to the city.

Urban Technopolotics

The “creativity” in the “creative city” is often understood as an outcome of the “innovative,” “disruptive,” or “change-making” capacity of technological solutions to urban problems. And yet, these innovations, disruptions, and changes tend to unfold within existing political, economic, and social contexts: consumer marketplaces, neoliberal economies, and democratic governments, from the liberal to the authoritarian, are taken as fixed givens rather than targets of technological exploration and transformation. How can technology be brought to bear on problems of urban exclusion, inequality, and injustice? How can rifts between technologists, the communities they seek to serve, and other communities of expertise be bridged? What are the common points of engagement between new technology and communities whose survival is threatened? Could indigenous, subaltern, decolonizing, or anti-capitalist forms of creativity reanimate and transform the creativity of technology? What do activists demand in this space of contestation?
Tiffany Andrews, Code for America
Leslie Dreyer, Artist and Anti-Eviction Organizer
Stefano Funk, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Eric Rogers, Embassy Network
Preeti Talwi, Google X

This is the second of two events. For more information on the first event, visit The Right to the Creative City: Towards Arts of Co-liberation.

The Right to the Creative City is organized by Andrew Herscher and Johanna Taylor. Support comes from the Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford Urban Studies, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

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