The Beach Beneath the Street(s)

November 2nd, 2011 7:30 PM
The Beach Beneath the Street(s)
The Situationists, Street Activism, and Public Space
Benjamin Shepard, Gregory Smithsimon & McKenzie Wark

This year, two books were published under the name. The Beach Beneath the Street or Streets. Both owe a great dept to the history of Situationism. The authors of these two works will discuss the legacy of both historic and current efforts to reclaim streets for affect and care, rather than simple means of necessity. Focusing on the liberating promise of public space, The Beach Beneath the Street[s]: The Situationists, Street Activism, and Public Space examines the activist struggles of New York communities – queer youth of color, gardeners, cyclists, and anti-gentrification activists – as they transform streets, piers, and vacant lots into everyday sites for autonomy and imagination. Join McKenzie,  Shepard and Smithsonian as they bring to light contests over urban space, public spaces which demonstrate the tension between resistance, repression, and shifting control of public space.