The Sandberg Institute Dirty Art Department
December 10, 2015
Alan Smart of Other Forms presents projects, practice and the book Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces.
From a “dirty,” materialist perspective both the characteristics, and the meaning or significance of aesthetic production (art, media, culture, ect.) have a lot to do with the ways in which the production takes place. Making radical, critical or simply new things often depends on creating new ways of making things, living and “making a living.” Other Forms is a research and design collective that works between architecture, graphic design, and publishing. Other Forms takes a critical approach both to design work itself and to the material and social conditions of its practice.
The new book Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces, published by Other Forms and edited by Alan W. Moore and Alan Smart, is an anthology of texts on art, media and aesthetic practice in the context of squatting, occupation and urban space activism. It assembles a collection of pieces by activist researchers working between the academy and the movements they write about, journalistic first-person narratives by squatters, original photography and interviews with artists, theorists and activists involved in struggles over urban space and creative production in the city. These diverse narratives present an account of the struggles and potentials to build alternative infrastructures, spaces and institutions that support and facilitate radical political and artistic projects, autonomous cultural formations, and experiments in living and working in the city.