Public Meeting Urban Voices

Urban Voices © Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

Fr, 11.11.2016

Oslo Pilot, Prinsensgate 2, 0152 Oslo

Is the „we” at risk in „the attractive city“?

“The attractive city” is currently the vision of cities across the world, connected to the aim to be competitive, innovative and creative. On this background, we ask the question of what happens to urban society, that is, to the “we”, if urban redevelopment policies concern the polishing of the city rather than enhancing social inclusion.  

In this event, two German researchers and the German leader of the programme Actors of urban change will present projects addressing these questions. Different Norwegian voices will also be raised about their experiences of social inclusion or exclusion in urban public space. The questions they will address are:
  • What is your experience of being listened to or excluded in urban development, how would you like to be heard in the development of urban public space and living areas?
  • What role does public and urban space play for your city as an inclusive urban society, and which urban public spaces would you like your city to develop in the future?
The voices will be graphically recorded by Anette Haugen, leaving a “visual testimony” to the choir of voices. Haugen is graphical facilitator from VISFAS. Graphic recording provides a visual assemblage of the main points raised. It gives a common frame of reference and an overview of how social inclusion and exclusion are experienced.

In the first session, the German scholars Thomas Bürk, Simon Güntner and Martin Schwegmann will hold their presentations in English. In the second session the Norwegian presentations and the discussion will be in Norwegian. With the participation of Heidi Bergsli, Ingar Brattbakk, Bengt Andersen, Aina Landsverk Hagen, Joakim Skaaja, Anne-Rita Andal, Kari Veiteberg, Arild Knutsen, Ingrid Lønningsdal, Faridah Shakoor, Wenche Hansgaar and Gro Sandkjær Hansen (Moderator).

This event is organised by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Norwegen and OSLO PILOT.

OSLO PILOT is a two-year research-based project investigating the role of art in and for the public realm. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway. 

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