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When: Sunday 5th July, 2-5pm
Where: Kennington Park

To refine and generate some of the intellectual content, and perhaps some of the participants for Parade, we are planning to convene a PubliCamp in Kennington Park – a former common, scene of a huge public Chartist gathering, enclosed (with Royal sponsorship), and now a ‘public’ park.

We intend to explore different conceptions of publicness - historical, cultural, political, social, architectural and digital. We aim to develop a shared ethic towards the notion of public goods, and will not be deterred by the disagreeable, contentious, messy, inefficient, live, improvisatory and provisional nature of Being in Public. Public, common or shared resources are like muscles: they become stronger with exercise.

PubliCamp will use a barcamp structure, something we have experimented with before.

BarCamps are an international network of user generated unconferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.

They work like this: presentations (which might aggregate into themed sessions) are proposed in advance (see sign-up sheet below) or on on-the-day by attendees. We then try and build themed 'sessions' or groups of related presentations using white/flip boards, and mostly on-site. All attendees are encouraged to present and share their expertise. At the moment we are thinking of 10 minute presentations, with 10 minutes for questions/discussion. 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.

Through this barcamp, Critical Practice identified various themes of interest that aim to carry forward in Parade. You can find these themes here.

Open Budget

Total: £439.30 (provisional)
Sign materials £10.95
pic-nic materials £23.46
Item £++++
Total Expenditure: £123.25
Total remainder: £++++

PubliCamp sign-up
person 01 Paula Roush paularoush type gmail type com thinking practices msdm ****
person 02 Cinzia Cremona cinziacremona(at)googlemail(dot)com **** Critical Practice Public includes me! What am I going to do?
person 03 Neil Cummings neil type chanceprojects type com website Critical Practice Public service
person 04 Stefan Szczelkun see user:szczels I wrote most of wikipedia timeline on KP + a photo journal of participant observation none will be in Battersea Park!
person 05 Marsha Bradfield marshabradfield(at)gmail(dot)comb **** **** TBC
person 06 Miriam Kings forthcoming **** **** TBC
person 07 Lucy Tomlins **** **** TBC

Kennington Park context

Stefan Szczelkun's participant observation and wikipedia article.
And some pictures

Publicamp tweets and twitpics

Paula Roush: live tweets and publicamp tagged twitpics


  1. publicamp start
  1. publicamp boring story House weekend sports holidays money parties vicious circle energy industry glass steel insulation atômica atômica a
  1. publicamp Know yr opponents yr tactics yr terrain
  1. publicamp critical practice vs capitalism shift The middle ground from € To critique lets become more concrete more real
  1. publicamp Underground publics
  1. publicamp disability body spectacle speech act Public knowledge gaze categories of people and bodies cosmetic smooth efficient body enable
  1. publicamp intervene in derelict housing estate in Hackney orange boards open dialogue between people

Publicamp on Flickr

PubliCamp Album

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