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Talking Cities: Release and event party
Took place: June 22nd, 2006; 7.30 pm, at ®edux
on the occasion of the London Architecture Biennale


[ Launch   ENTRY2006 release   Notes   Symposium   Photos ]

Location: ®edux
Unit 303, Third Floor, Lana House, 116 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF.
526 Manhattan Building, Bow Quarter, Fairfield Road, London, E3 2UP.

With protagonists from the exhibition and the magazine:
Francesca Ferguson, Peter Lewis, Toh Shimazaki, El ultimo Grito a.o.

Invitation to the MAGAZINE LAUNCH for
TALKING CITIES - the micropolitics of urban space

Talking Cities features innovative international design, architecture and spatial interventions in a trans-disciplinary exhibition platform.

The 35 protagonists create a dense collage of statements, designs and installations: a collective dialogue on reconfiguring and reactivating the marginal, residual and public spaces of our contemporary cities.

TALKING CITIES -
THE MICROPOLITICS OF URBAN SPACE

An exhibition at ENTRY2006 -
PERSPECTIVES AND VISIONS IN DESIGN
26 August to 3 December 2006,
Zeche Zollverein, Essen.

TALKING CITIES features international design, architecture and spatial interventions in a trans-disciplinary exhibition platform. The 35 international protagonists create a dense collage of statements, designs and installations: a collective dialogue on reconfiguring and reactivating the marginal, residual and public spaces of our contemporary cities.

'doubt, delight and change' - Cedric Price

The Exhbition upholds dialogue as perhaps architecture¹s greatest asset and re-ignites some of the main tenets of Cedric Price's approach to building as 'the architect's anti-architect' (Rem Koolhaas). The space, a vast coal washing plant at the Zeche Zollverein, a Bauhausian masterpiece and world heritage site will become a conceptual trade fair with multiple statements on contemporary spatial practice and cityscapes.

Talking cities thus becomes both a conceptual and practical model for a critical cultural aesthetic, a site for multiplicity in architectural and design practice, and a form of improvisation.



THE TALKING CITIES MAGAZINE accompanies the exhibition with a multiplicity of contemporary architecture and design strategies that confront the fragmented spaces of cities and their margins: on micropolitics, modernism's failed megavisions, evacuated fields and pragmatic utopias.

With essays by Simon Sadler (Los Angeles) on 'Guerilla Architecture'; Susanne Hauser (Graz) on 'An-Aesthetics'; Peter Lewis (London) on 'Evacuated Fields'; Valéry Didelon (Paris) on 'Architecture on the Edge'; Srdjan Weiss (New York) on 'Balkanisation'; Bjarke Ingels (Kopenhagen) on 'Pragmatic Utopias' - Published by Birkhäuser.

®edux at TALKING CITIES
®edux is very pleased to invite you to a party to coincide with 'Talking Cities', to celebrate the closing of the space due to a ruthless rent increase [60%] in Spitalfields, the result of the programmed gentrification of the area. The party will follow the launch event for 'Talking Cities' and will screen previously unseen video works within an environment of boxed up possessions and detritus owned by its members. The work of ®edux is therein strategically held in reserve, hermetically sealed in the displaced city, to reappear elsewhere, unforeseeable, at an unspecified time.

TALKING CITIES at ®edux Part 2
Artists are invited to offer a video that will be played at Talking Cities. The work should be a purely visual, single screen video DVD and of short duration.

The event will be held at the closing party of ®edux, a three year project exposing the most resistant strains of art, architectural and video practices in the contemporary city.

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For further information contact:
®edux
Unit 303, Third Floor, Lana House, 116 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF.
526 Manhattan Building, Bow Quarter, Fairfield Road, London, E3 2UP.
Email: plewis@reduxart.org.uk
Tel. +44 (0)20 7247 4960
M.   +44 (0)7986 084697

www.slashseconds.org
www.talkingcities.net
www.entry-2006.com


Urban Drift Productions Ltd.
Julia Albani
Email: press@urbandrift.org
T +49.(0)30.257571 - 86 / 87
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Urban Drift Project Space Berlin
Budapester Str. 48
3rd floor / 3 O.G.
10787 Berlin
Germany





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