The Foreshore: Session 3
Tueday, November 8, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
222 E Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
This week we will gather to discuss a radio lecture by Chris Williams on the topic of Eco-Socialism and a short video about the Makoko Floating School.
Chris Williams is an environmental scholar and activist based in New York and focused on the topic of the eco-socialism. His talk assesses the interrelationships between our economic system and the environmental crisis, between the convergence of planetary and social degradation, and offers suggestions and insights into possible alternatives. This talk was originally aired on Alternative Radio and recorded in San Luis Obispo, CA on May 15, 2016.
The Makoko Floating school is a three story building designed to provide space for education and community gatherings in the autonomous water-bound slum of Makoko in the lagoon of Lagos. Designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi in collaboration with the Makoko Waterfront Community the project is part of the firm’s ongoing research into building for flood prone regions.
The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast.
The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
Visit the foreshore.org for an unfolding schedule of events.
Makoko Floating School. Photo credit: NLÉ