Situated Commonism in the landscape of Umeå : Claiming and Sharing Places
This is about acting from a situation, a place, its conditions and its actors.
It is an attempt to understand the ongoing transformations of the city
of Umeå, to grasp how it functions and gain the knowledge to be able
to act within and suggest new possible futures. By looking at Umeå and
the current situation with the parking lot as an index, a tool, a laboratory,
and a possible new common, new ways of building the city while
living within it will be suggested. The non place of the parking lot with
its singular purpose is part of the mechanisms that makes our city, at the
same time it is the effect of this city making and it is also a great place
to start a change of such system. The 2.5x5 meters that makes a parking
lot is small in comparison with the city, and even more so in comparison
with the country or the world, but the size also makes it possible to
grasp, touch and inhabit. The smallness makes it seem rather innocent
and without much importance but the power lies within its multiplicity.
A change within a parking lot might not be much, but the possibility of
spreading throughout the city and the world makes the parking lot a
very powerful place.
Since humans can sometimes be creatures of habit, I believe that it is
extremely important to keep on questioning the way we inhabit the
world together. Widely spread and accepted habits can start acting like
dysfunctional natural laws steering us in a direction we might not have
chosen if alternatives were presented to us. By investigating and testing
the possibilities of such a bland and unquestioned place as the parking
lot, I am looking to find glimpses of alternative ways of making the world
while living it.
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