Actors, Agents and Attendants: Social Housing — Housing the Social

Contribution: Contribution: Chafing Agaisnt the Dead Hand of Society

Edited by Andrea Phillips and Fulya Erdemci

Sternberg Press


Housing provides essential shelter, but also gives form to the social. It represents and embodies the materiality of civic politics and thus demonstrates the uneven nature of spatial justice at local and global scale. For many years artists have contributed to the design and organization of structures of living together, often with ambivalent effect. Whilst many have imagined - and attempted to implement - radical new forms of social housing, as alternatives to both privatization and state provision, they have also ushered in waves of gentrification, thus contributing significantly to a story of capitalization now dominant within urban infrastructures. Social Housing - Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice questions the politics of urban practice from a variety of geopolitical and disciplinary viewpoints, from liberal private initiatives to the Occupy movement, from Almere to Ramallah, mixing artistic and architectural contributions with those of sociologists, urban historians, philosophers, and activists

With Contributions by: AIOA (Artists in Occupy Amsterdam), Yazid Anani, Niles van Beek, Casco/Our Autonomous Life?, Amalia Cardenas, Manuel Castelis, Chto Delat?, Joana Conill, Teddy Cruz, Adri Duivesteijn, Fulya Erdemci, Zoran Eric, Fallen Fruit Edeslo Fernandes, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Ernst van den Hemel, Jiang Jun, Sabrina Lindemann, Doreen Massey, Markus Miessen, Don Mitchell, Partizan Publik, Andrea Phillips, Marjetica  Potrc, Arnold Reijndorp, Martin Reiter, Miguel Robles-Duran, Martha Rosler, Christoph Schäfer, Neil Smith, Pelin Tan, Floor Tinga, Ultra-Red, Roman Vasseur, The Yes Men