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Urban Space as Social Fabric
March 27, 2000
The Cooper Union
The Hewitt Auditorium,
41 Cooper Square

With Nils Norman, Valerie Tavere, Luca Vitone

Nils Norman has developed imaginary propositions for the radical redevelopment of various urban spaces in New York, including: Battery Park City, Stuyvesant Place, and Tompkins Square Park. His work addresses how environmental concerns, tenant's rights, and political histories have been marginalized within public architecture and discourse. He is an artist, teacher and activist who currently lives in New York.

Valerie Tevere will be presenting "CONCRETE PROJECTIONS: a night in the projects," a mixed-media public performance which took place at the Aliso Extension Housing Projects in Los Angeles, one of the three projects in East Los Angeles slated for demolition and redevelopment. The work combines projected images with electronic music and live interviews. "CONCRETE PROJECTIONS" was created in collaboration with La Union de Vecinos and the electronic music group Ultra-Red. Tevere has worked collaboratively with these two groups since 1997. She currently lives and works in New York.

Luca Vitone is an artist based in Milan whose work involves researching the cultural and political histories of urban spaces. Past projects include the production of a map of local community cultures (food, meeting places etc.) in Milan. Vitone has also created installations and exhibitions exploring the history of anarchism in Rome and the cultural practices of the Gypsies. In addition to his work as an artist, Vitone is currently an organizer of the Italian cultural space "Link". His latest project, entitled "Hole", opens April 30th 2000 at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center.

*This meeting was made possible by the Visiting Artist Lecture Series