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Lauren Brincat is included in Conversations on Shadow Architecture, a project curated by Ineke Dane that was born out of a trip to Cairo in May 2012, in the weeks prior to Egypt’s first democratic election after the Arab Spring.
Conversations on Shadow Architecture (C o S A) was born from a trip to Cairo in May 2012, in the weeks surrounding Egypt’s first democratic election after the Arab Spring. At the time I was living in Berlin, and images of Tahir Square’s makeshift tent-city – temporarily home to thousands of protestors, activists and citizens – was a nascent symbol of the revolution that became synonymous with Critical Spatial Practice (CSP). CSP can be understood as a theoretical lens and practical mode to critically engage with the cultural, social and political potential of space and architecture. A decade later and in the continuing context of global uprisings (Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, faction resurgences, climate advocacy) CSP has renewed relevance as a useful tool for collective agitation, where new and interesting ways to live in the world are consciously cultivated while drawing lessons from the past.
As a thought exercise with artists, composers, architects and thinkers since 2012, C o S A has grown like an octopus to incorporate interrelated limbs that find a nexus within CSP. Here architecture (built and unbuilt, its absence as much as presence), politics, history, economies and the future are understood as inextricably linked through complex networks of spatial variables that affect the way we think, feel, move, make decisions and operate together. C o S A invites audiences to engage with and read their daily surroundings, with the hope that this more entangled understanding will lead to new forms of empowerment for both the individual and diverse community ecologies. Rather than providing answers C o S A questions how the world around us choreographs our very being.
Metro Arts, Brisbane
2 – 30 October 2021