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DRAFT RESOURCE - for a more current version, please go to Parade BarCamps May 22, 2010

Saturday 22nd May 2010

We will convene three consecutive BarCamps during the day; each lasting 2 hours. Everyone is welcome. Please come and contribute.
BarCamps are an international network of user generated unconferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.

They work like this: contributions are proposed in relation to the BarCamp theme, in advance or on on-the-day by attendees. All attendees are encouraged to contribute and share their expertise for 10 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/discussion. Using white/flip boards, we try and keep lots of notes and everyone is encouraged to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact via blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, wiki-ing, twitter, etc

If you wish, you can sign-up for BarCamps in advance here: BarCamps sign-up

We are evolving the BarCamp themes below.

BarCamp 1: Histories of the Public

10 am - 12 midday
Through what forms can we trace the histories of our publics?
We intend to explore specific cultural, physical, discursive and historical contexts of Being in Public

Examples of presentations might include:

  1. The history of Parade Ground itself
    (prison, training hospital, museum, and art school)
  2. Specific Polish conceptions of Public Space
  3. Histories of the Internet and/or the World Wide Web
  4. Non-Westerns notions of Being in Public - Ubuntu for example
  5. The pre-history of the public - the commons.
  6. Public house, public convenience, public baths, public parks, spaces, bodies, servants, etc.
  7. Police force, fire brigades, military - How did they evolve? Are they still public? Were they ever?
  8. Was it public or private? Histories of a borderline
  9. From walking to chariots to horse and buggy to bikes, cars, trains, buses, ferries, planes: (public) transportation
  10. Background to the 'financial downturn' - public debt - Where did the money go?



BarCamp 2: Being in Public; modes of assembly and forms of address

12 midday - 2 pm
The public is a messy, unknown, conflictual and unpredictable mode of 'being in common'. Its a process not a body, space or thing.
What conditions of possibility are required to 'produce' a public or publics? What resources / utilities / institutions / technologies / knowledges / infra-structures / etc, are necessary. What threatens "publicness"?

Examples of presentations might include:

  1. Performing or enacting the public: like Speakers Corner, demonstrations,public broadcasting, public knowledge, public services, etc.
  2. Public servants, public domains, public culture, public holidays, the general public license - GPL, etc
  3. The interdependency of public and private. - there is no public without private interests.
  4. Public process of evaluation: bylaws, auctions, trials, rights, constitutions, laws
  5. (Perceived) public enemy or enemies - Who or what is out to get us? Why?
  6. Previously public: trends in privatization. Is resistance futile?
  7. For our own protection - privacy and safety policies: Facebook and keeping publics safe, health and safety
  8. Public rights of way - literal and figurative - what's the status of wildlife?
  9. In the public eye (CCT, self-surveillance) - make room in the panopticon
  10. Private Ivy: public schools, public universities, public education



Sustainable, but decadent Lunch

2 pm - 3 pm
Lunch will be made in public, locally sourced and sustainable. Maximum enjoyment, at minimum cost. Follow the link to learn more about Blanch & Shock food design.

BarCamp 3: Future Publics

3 pm - 5 pm
We recognize being-in-public as something that needs to be nurtured and exercised. There may be links to sustainability in a broad sense - beyond environmental concerns.
What makes being in public possible, and why might it continue to be valuable?

Examples of presentations might include

  1. Utopian publics, the non-place of investment
  2. Future resource provision
  3. Future cities as fiefdoms: back to walls, gates, tolls, taxes
  4. Death and the end of public culture or the public culture of death
  5. Being public online and off: Will we ever experience complete disembodiment?
  6. The future of public health
  7. Publics in outer space? Are we alone? Will we ever join the others?
  8. Libraries, archives, museums, galleries, records in the future
  9. The future of copyright and copyleft
  10. Dreaming of yet-to-be-imagined publics



BarCamp of BarCamps - in lieu of a plenary

5 pm -
This short session will highlight the key themes, issues, concerns, etc. explored over the day. Roving reporters and BarCamp contributors will offer their reflections. We invite you to join with us in identifying directions for future research.





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A Few Resources

  • Seven Principles for Public Life
  • History of the public sphere: a timeline
  • Parliament examines what the Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in Parliament's work.
  • Actions: What You Can Do With the City: An exhibition organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presented Actions, an exhibition with 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world. Common activities, such as walking, playing, recycling, and gardening are pushed beyond their usual definition by the international architects, artists, and collectives featured in the exhibition. Their experimental interactions with the urban environment show the potential influence personal involvement can have in shaping the city, and challenge fellow residents to participate.
  • Royal Society of Arts – Arts & Ecology Centre – Michaela Crimmin - Arts & Ecology Centre is an organisation whose role is to catalyse, publicise, challenge and support artists who are responding to the unprecedented environmental challenges of our era. The RSA aims to create a positive discussion about the causes and the human impact of climate change through commissioning, debate, interdisciplinary discourse and a high-profile website.
  • The Committee for Standards of Public Life is an independent public body which advises government on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK.
  • Future Cities: The Future Cities Project has a critical take on contemporary attitudes to modern life and the way we live today.
  • The Institute of Public Policy Research
  • Jens Haaning's Turkish and Arabic Jokes: In the Turkish area of central Oslo a tape-recording of jokes, told by Turks in their native language, was played. The recording was broadcasted through a loudspeaker attached to a light pole. Haaning continued his work on Arabic or Turkish jokes with a project in 2002 for planet22 in geneva, Switzerland. It consisted of posting an Arabic joke in the streets of Geneva; it did not reveal its origin, and there was no signature, simply some information in Arabic characters that is incomprehensible to most people in Geneva. And yet, for the immigrant public, this work brought humor and familiarity to an otherwise foreign, perhaps even antagonistic, urban experience. source
  • Conference: Opening of Spaces, Localization of Public Space: Warsaw 2007, part of the Passengers Festival here is the conference link and some pictures. A two-day conference Kuba organized in the middle of main shopping street in Warsaw, Fall 2009. In the Kitchen Monument, distanced from the public space only by the thin, transparent, but protective walls of the inflatable bubble. We discussed a variety of issues around public space, and art in public space; with 40 speakers.
  • Public holidays in the UK
  • Space Studios: Shared resources for people working at the intersection of art, technology and social change.
  • Travel Line: Plan your travel by bus, coach, underground, ferry, etc.
  • Howard Reingold's video account on Why the history of the public sphere matters in the Internet age.