Masters of Intervention
Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis
Tuesday April 21 2009
20.00, drinks afterwards
Grote Zaal, De Balie
To what extent can a brave city be planned? History shows that Dream + Power + Lack of Resistance = Utopian Totalitarianism. The reign of big ideas over a blissfully ignorant society.
Engineering happiness could potentially mean balancing out planned utopias. We wonder, how to practise our urban freedom? Blissful ignorance or freedom of initiative? Routine or improvisation? What’s the function of spontaneity in pushing the boundaries of public normality? Can improvisation improve urban daily life? Raise awareness of the collective and forge solidarity? What are the rules that keep our society alive and which boundaries do we need to push to give our cities future?
Alexander Scordelis is a New York based writer and agent in the prank collective Improv Everywhere. He was involved in numerous collective performances, such as No Pant’s Day in the New York subway. He’s co-author of the book ‘Causing a Scene. Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Impro Everywhere‘ (to be published this Spring).
A story about the importance of causing scenes for chaos and joy in securing public places and forging collectives of happy citizens.
Tickets: 5 €,
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This series is part of the UvA/IIS minor Maakbaarheid in de Grote Stad (Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis)De Balie
1017 RR Amsterdam