Marseille – Prague Will various social strata continue to rub shoulders in the city?

In the wake of ongoing gentrification, lower-income residents are increasingly being driven out of central Marseille. The Euroméditerranée waterfront redevelopment project in particular blatantly shows the priority accorded to private over public or social interests in present-day urban planning policies. Asking to what extent this very local problem is also a ubiquitous phenomenon, the Goethe-Institut Marseille has found a partner in the Hors d’atteinte publishing house, which fuses theorizing with activism and regards books as tools for civil society action.
 

 


Marseille-Prague
The Marseille-Prague tandem has also merged questions. Their point of departure is the Euroméditerranée project in Marseille, the largest urban renewal project in southern Europe. The question now centres on the use of public space as envisioned by urban planners, as evolved over time and as currently used. Prague's project partner, the Institute for Democracy 21 (lfd21), which sees itself as a platform for social innovation and advocates for a more differentiated system of voting in democracies, is using its forward-looking electoral algorithms in Marseille to develop a collective vision {kollektive Wunschproduktion} of what the results of a more participatory form of urban planning might look like. The tandem already held a conference on the subject of “participation” in Marseille in June, during which the project was presented to the public, and the partners met up again in September.
 
For Marseille, a new publishing house called Hors d’atteinte is putting together its first list of publications, due out at the beginning of 2019, on the subjects of feminism, populism, nationalism, urban development policy and environmental scandals.
 
As the last piece of the puzzle of the Marseille-Prague collaboration, a participatory workshop will be held in November. The workshop is for citizens of Marseille who have a particular connection to three emblematic places in Marseille, for example they grew up in one of the quarters or they work there. With the aid of Berlin filmmaker Eva Stotz twelve portraits will be produced about the participants of the workshop. In each short film the central question is how people live together and how they meet each other. The twelve short films and other concrete results of the workshop will be presented in cinemas, film festivals, art exhibitions and on the Internet, and the technical and research findings will be presented at conferences.

(November 2018)

Our Partner

Hors d'atteinte publishing house
Founded by Ingrid Balazard and Marie Hermann, Hors d'atteinte will be publishing its first books in early 2019. The name, which literally means “out of reach”, suggests something subtle and nimble, a place impervious to attack. Its two interconnected series of books, "Literatures" and "Facts & Ideas", develop new interpretative tools and frameworks with a view to understanding a rapidly and profoundly changing world. One focus of the publications will be on feminism, but they will also explore such subjects as populism and nationalism, urban development policy and major environmental scandals.
 
  •  Eva Stotz filming Reda Merad in his bar "Le Perroquet bleu" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz filming Reda Merad in his bar "Le Perroquet bleu"
  • Lena Birkhold filming in the office of "Le marché aux puces", Marseille © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Lena Birkhold filming in the office of "Le marché aux puces", Marseille
  • Interview with Richard who sells antiquities on the "marché aux puces" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Interview with Richard who sells antiquities on the "marché aux puces"
  • Eva Stotz films participants of workshop during their trumpet lesson © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz films participants of workshop during their trumpet lesson
  • Interview with Arthur Guyot who lives in "La Cité radieuse" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Interview with Arthur Guyot who lives in "La Cité radieuse"
  • Eva Stotz is filming Arthur Guyot at "La Cité Radieuse" © Goethe-Institut Marseille
    Eva Stotz is filming Arthur Guyot at "La Cité Radieuse"

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