Multiplicities and Urban Textures

January 28, 2010

Announcing the theme for the month of January 2010:‘Multiplicities and Urban Textures’

January’s Open Office For Words looks at the city and the urban environment in terms of how they can be  read and understood by looking at modes of reading the city and the multiple uses and meanings of urban spaces.

SpeakersTaina Rajanti (Doc. Pol. Sci, Head of Research at Pori School of Art and Media, Helsinki University of Art and Design) will talk about Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project now and in the last century. Rajanti will focus on the new arcades i.e the semi-public commercialized urban spaces, and people’s need to occupy those spaces, to use them and abuse them for their own practices, and how it is possible to introduce new meanings, ways of reading and uses to those spaces.

Frans-Willem Korsten (Prof. dr. Erasmus University, Leiden University) will talk about modes of reading the city, specifically the possibilities of broadening sensibility and the multiplication of worlds, instead of the vectorization of the urban world. In relation to this, Korsten will consider the principal difference between reading the urban environment as a narrative or as a poem.

You are cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute to the above themes. Books, journals, research papers and images related, whether from the field of arts or science are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format.

It is preferable to notify The Open Office for Words in advance of your participation.

About The Open Office For Words:

The Open Office For Words is a cross-disciplinary reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of knowledge, made possibly by the collective act of sharing ones texts, whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition, or indeed texts in the larger sense of the word; including any work whether visual or written. The intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation which will allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as for quiet reading.

Practical information:

Date: Sunday the 31st of January, 2010.

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Place: ADA, Area for Debate and Art

Bree 93 B

Rotterdam 3074 BD Rotterdam



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