22nd November 2003 12:00 - 18:00
Het Poortgebouw
Rotterdam

CIVIC TV will be a high summit of cultural engineers, anarchitects, urban explorers, peripatic hedonists, squatters, graffiti aficionados, street-artists, generative psychogeographers, space hijackers, folly-builders, invisible city excavators, collaborative mapping gurus and transdimensional tourists for the years to come.    

The first episode (uraufführung) of CIVIC TV is a one day event that will present various approaches to understand, use & criticise the urban environment and how these practices are sustained. CIVIC TV will be a unique opportunity for those interested in alternative mental and spatial engineering to meet.

CIVIC TV: WHY?

Dutch city planning & architecture is famous over the entire world for it's progressiveness. Over the years, Rotterdam has been the city where these agencies have been given carte blanche to build their most daring projects. Meanwhile, Dutch politics has taken a sharp rightwing turn, a turn that climaxed in Rotterdam through He who cannot be named: the Almighty Bald One. These currents intersect; without doubt Rotterdam can be singled out as the Dutch city where surveillance technology, architectural encoded crime prevention & a social hygiene enforced by a zero-tolerance policy, has left the city with a sublime, ever growing, skyline & an increasingly militarised public space.

CIVIC TV: SOCIAL FICTION?

Radical architecture is not that radical as the would-be-radicals like to believe. CIVIC TV offers a platform of alternatives, of paths towards a perspective that brings together those who want to reconsider the city as it is. We feel that the city is in need of new uses, of a new frame that captures it's essence as a place of human interaction, as an aggregator of the fantastic & the unexpected. We take as self-evident that the city is in need of a new mythology. We city inhabitants need new stories to make sense of our changing environment. CIVIC TV aims to present the building stones from which this new mythology can be constructed.


CIVIC TV will take place at the Poortgebouw. A significant place for an event like this as it's located within the newly developed 'Kop van Zuid': the hinterland of the Erasmusbrug; a "prestigious" area which awaits yet unbuilt future "monuments" of modern architecture. The Poortgebouw, from an iconic 19th century port symbol to the present host of a diverse range of social and cultural activities, is by means of it's arch literally a bridge between the old & the new.

THE CIVIC TV BKOR REPORT
May 2004

OPEN ISSUES INTERVIEW
April 2004

CIVIC TV QUESTIONAIRRES
December 2003

IMAGES FROM CIVIC TV
Alexei Shulgin


* woodcut: Frans Masereel

Confirmed suspects:

WHY
http://www.whysociety.org


Dennis Kaspori [open source architecture]
http://www.suite75.net/blog/maze/

Olof van de Wal [platformgras]
http://www.platformgras.nl

Wilfried Hou Je Bek [psychogeography]
http://socialfiction.org

Autonoom Centrum
http://www.autonoomcentrum.nl

De Hondenkoekjesfabriek [performance]
http://www.angelfire.com/stars3/fcknbstrds/de-HONDENKOEKJESFABRIEK.html

Saul Alberts (remote)
http://www.theps.net

Edward Mac Gillavry [collaborative mapping]
http://www.webmapper.net

2012 Architecten [recyclicity]
http://www.rchitecten.demon.nl/

Derk Reneman [virtueel kruispunt]
http://www.anti-anti.net/derk

Studio Popcorn [mediapolis]
http://www.studiopopcorn.com

De Ruimte / Hieke Pars [boekpresentation: Interfering: A travel Guide]

www.vrijeruimte.nl [easy city]
http://www.vrijeruimte.nl/easycity/

Siebe Thissen [gotham city]
http://socialfiction.org/gotham.htm

Karoly Toth [plugin city-state]
http://www.xs4all.nl/~are/images/html/alien.html

Robert B [immaterial architecture]

CIVIC TV SCHEDULE

12:00 Gathering/Introduction Kop van Walk (downstairs in Kroeg)
12:15 psychogeo walk

13:45 walk recap
14:00 GENERAL INTRODUCTION: WHY

14:15 Derk Reneman
14:30 Olof van de Wal

14:45 DISCUSSION/BREAK (+ opportunity to play with Olof's city-build-application)

15:15 Autonoom Centrum
15:30 Dennis Kaspori
15:45 2012 architecten
16:00 Edward Mac Gillavry

16:15 DISCUSSION/BREAK

16.45 De Ruimte
17.00 Vrijeruimte
17.15 Studio Popcorn
17.30 Siebe Thissen

17:45 DISCUSSION/BREAK

18.15 Robert B.
18:30 Karoly Toth

 

TOTAL SURVEILLANCE:
De Hondenkoekjesfabriek

 

 

 




CIVIC TV is organised by WHY & socialfiction.org

FREE ADMISSION
START: 12:00 (***be on time to join the “Kop van Walk”)

SETTING: Attic Food Drinks Walk Noise Video Cats Disobedience

Address: Stieltjesstraat 38, Rotterdam
Metro Wilhelminaplein, Tram 20, Bus 49
Language: polder-English


Contact:
WHY:: innbetween at hotmail dot com or
social fiction:: info at socialfiction dot org


Supported in various ways
by Vereniging Poortgebouw
and Beeldende Kunst
Openbare Ruimte/CBK Rotterdam

 

 

 

KOP VAN WALK

The only valid psychogeographical criterion on which a city should be judged is that it must, as Kevin Lynch wrote "invite its viewers to explore the world". After all, psychogeographical walks are not staged to admire the quality of façades or to complain about what is supposedly wrong or deteriorated.

Psychogeography is interested in the capabilities of the urban environment to evoke the sublime.

The sublime as defined by Edmund Burke in 1757:

"Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite to idea of pain, and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the strongest emotions which the mind is capable of feeling"

The sublime emotion to explore the world , not as a tourist, but as a traveller willing to give up anything in order to find the North-West passage, is what the "Kop van Walk" experiment will try to find in the surroundings of the Poortgebouw.This walk is the outdoor event during CIVIC TV

The psychogeographical experience of the desire to explore, as suggested by the buildings, the bridges, the water, etc will be mapped with PML (Psychogeographical Markup Language).

more information about psychogeography on SocialFiction.org