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Flaneur-Workers: Alienation, Dislocation, and Machinic Subjectivity
Moises Alejandro Ramirez
The New School, United States of America
Technologies that rely upon algorithmic prediction-making, can make ordinary everyday tasks more efficient through a process of automatic, without-thought, suggestions. In favor of simplicity, an implicit disavowal of the authentic experience of everyday life is forsaken. Freedom is implicitly denied to the ones who need not worry about making choices.
A question to be asked is whether or not worker-subjectivity depends on upon the spatial orientation of architecturally-based models of production, exchange, or commerce? Arising as a consequence of simplicity, is the nature of a nomadic, alienated, dislocated subject enmeshed within the virtual territory of proximal desires organized by image-based apps. Exit scene: arcades and drifters. Enter scene: flaneur-worker. Your order has now arrived. Never leave home.
How did we get here?
The presentation will focus on the nature of interfaces, from a primal non-technological scene of the child anticipating the father’s return who uses his hand pressed against the window to summon his return – most preferably with gifts or food. The existence of what is not present is desired because of its absence.
Why be your own boss?
The paradox of which hiring advertisements for these delivery technology companies is the promise to “be your own boss,” by setting your own hours, and reporting to your own schedule. The only agency permitted is negative agency – that is the opportunity to say no and decline an order. Rather than freedom, the flaneur-worker carries out, as proxy, the satification of a desire from unknown Others throughout the day/night.
The flaneur-worker, as described, may be the final phase of worker, before fully-automation. Unnecessary exploration of the real world, the urban grounds singled out by the Situationists, is replaced by efficient and pragmatically oriented non-experience of the streets yielding to the never-resting demands of the modes of production and circulation of digital currencies. The flaneur-workers take the steps not taken by the Other.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Narco Violence Atemporal: Urban Reform as a Legacy of the Narco Wars - Medellin 1991-2010
Clara Barzaghi de Laurentiis, Rafael Urano Frajndlich
This presentation focuses on Latin America urban production, focusing on Medellín, which went from the most violent city in the world in the 1990s to an example of crime-fight through urban operations in XXI century’s first decades. Working on the notion of Necropolitics, such as proposed for Mbembe, it is shown how urban planning policies that put Colombia newspapers’s headlines for their pacifying character are a contemporary form of Necroestate’s Colonialist logic that, such as the Organized Crime, operates in the name of economic interests. Mbembe borrows D&G’s concept of War Machine to think late colonization as well as contemporary conflict zones, developing analysis of their forms of occupation. Mbembe’s considerations are brought to Latin-American territory, in order to think occupation of Colombian space in Medellín, considering the actors of the armed conflict that characterized XX century’s end and Social Urbanism that characterizes XXI century’s beginning, thinking how violence is manifested as forces relationships in a specific social camp. On one hand, it is shown how drug trafficking, guerrilla groups and paramilitaries operate as war machines more or less rigged with the Estate creating urbanistic situartions, such as internal borders, death camps and control zones in the territory. On the other hand, Social Urbanism is comprehended as a response to street invasion by the narco culture, as well as an State investment to reclaim violence’s monopoly, renamed as public security, that tries to anticipate every criminal act, which makes it inseparable from a generalized preventive policy.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Balkanization and Borders
University of Plymouth, UK, United Kingdom
Balkanization as a geopolitical act and a method was spurred by the withdrawal of the Ottoman Empire from Europe. The move was instated for purposes of modernization, by breaking up of a large ethnically heterogeneous and supposedly violent geopolitical zone into smaller ethically homogenous states for purposes of bringing peace and order. This paper’s particular focus will be on mapping the processes of balkanization in the former Yugoslav context, in its connection to the discourse of Balkanism and the violent remaking of architecture in Sarajevo and Belgrade spurred by the 1990s Yugoslav wars and NATO’s 1999 targeting. The analysis of balkanization will help in understanding the broader emergent patterns of sociospatial polarization across various scales, and in respect to global geoeconomic and geopolitical restructuring. This is particularly important because balkanization is becoming a significant urban and geopolitical pursuit in contemporary times.
Against the negative perception of Balkanism and instatement of balkanization, the analysis of architecture will be used to address the ways in which balkanization in former Yugoslavia was deployed in reverse to the common geopolitical fragmentation and homogenous ethnic moulding in other parts of the Balkans. The alternative approach in the former Yugoslav context was instated by not only bringing together territories, extending ethnic heterogeneity and rights, but also architecturally as a means to prefigure the Western preoccupation with polyvalency with the start of postmodernism.