Never-never School: Mapping The In-between
Inter­na­tional multi­di­sci­pli­nary summer school for students and young profes­sio­nals
© Spolka
2019

Topic

Never-never school is a unique space for commu­nity lear­ning and rese­arch about cities. In colla­bo­ra­tion with collec­tive Spolka, we invite you to Košice, Slovakia to join us for an expe­ri­ment in co-crea­tion centred on mapping, collec­tive visio­ning and explo­ra­tion of urban in-between­ness.

Never-never focuses on peer-to-peer exchange and trans­di­sci­pli­na­rity in order to create a rich lear­ning space for all parti­ci­pants. In the course of the summer school, colla­bo­ra­tive lear­ning models and a variety of formats are tested and deve­loped in order to foster colla­bo­ra­tion beyond the school’s frame.

 

Project

In the current urban discourse we tend to envi­sion cities as constantly growing struc­tures, where “deve­lop­ment as usual” is the answer to ever­ything from unem­ploy­ment to tack­ling climate change. Even in the “shrin­king” or stagna­ting post-socia­list European cities we dream of large deve­lop­ments to fill in the “empty” spaces of the many brown­fields. Alter­na­tive propo­sals to those of the commo­di­fied real estate market are non-exis­tent or quickly hushed away. During this year’s summer school we will take a closer look at one such site stret­ched along the river Hornád and the city centre of Košice, Slovakia. Trapped in a perma­nent limbo state between utopian desire of future city district and stagna­ting reality, there is a pecu­liar quality to its in-between­ness. We want to consider the site not as a blank void soon to be filled but as an already exis­ting network of dynamic human and non-human rela­ti­ons­hips that could be the star­ting point for degrowth utopias beyond the anthropo­centric present.

Through diffe­rent methods of mapping, ethno­graphy, pheno­me­no­lo­gical rese­arch and drama­tical story­tel­ling we want to give voice to various present and future actors of the in-between space and thus smoothly move between now and then.

 

Funding

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from Inter­na­tional Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional coope­ra­tion in Central Europe.

 

Rese­ar­chers

Prof. Dr. Angela Million
Zuzana Tabač­ková

 

Standort

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