'Commons, Wilds, Infrastructures' is a research project led by Dr John Bingham-Hall, as part of the Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship, a fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
The core of the research is around three collective walks, in Paris and in London, each (literally) exploring public atmospheres at three different scales. This work will connect infrastructural critique to public sphere theory, design research and studies of urban ecology.
This second walk focuses on 'Wilds'. There is a paradox in the way democratic bodies, such as the Ville de Paris, imagine rewilding. As a ‘wild’ aesthetic for urban nature becomes mainstreamed, marginal zones are being opened up and re-formulated as public spaces, managed to promote biodiversity and ‘healthy’ modes of public life. In the process, ‘wild’ forms of life that have found shelter in this marginality, and are framed as unclean and illicit, are policed out of existence – cruising, free parties, and informal shelter. This gathering will think through queer perspectives on public space and ecology, and enact queer modes of transspecies encounter, to open up a broader idea of wilding, that multiplies rather than limits possibilities for more-than-human culture.
Bringing together scholars with artists and activists, equipping participants with both observational tools and frames, drawing on sonic and choreographic walking methods, this research project aims to produce a critical cartography of connections between human and non-human cultures.
The day starts with a seminar and is folllowed by a collective walk in Paris. Scroll down to discover the various guest speakers' profiles and the detailed programme of the day.