Never-never School: Map­ping The In-bet­ween
International multidisciplinary summer school for students and young professionals
© Spolka
2019

Topic

Never-never school is a unique space for community learning and research about cities. In collaboration with collective Spolka, we invite you to Košice, Slovakia to join us for an experiment in co-creation centred on mapping, collective visioning and exploration of urban in-betweenness.

Never-never focuses on peer-to-peer exchange and transdisciplinarity in order to create a rich learning space for all participants. In the course of the summer school, collaborative learning models and a variety of formats are tested and developed in order to foster collaboration beyond the school’s frame.

 

Project

In the current urban discourse we tend to envision cities as constantly growing structures, where “development as usual” is the answer to everything from unemployment to tackling climate change. Even in the “shrinking” or stagnating post-socialist European cities we dream of large developments to fill in the “empty” spaces of the many brownfields. Alternative proposals to those of the commodified real estate market are non-existent or quickly hushed away. During this year’s summer school we will take a closer look at one such site stretched along the river Hornád and the city centre of Košice, Slovakia. Trapped in a permanent limbo state between utopian desire of future city district and stagnating reality, there is a peculiar quality to its in-betweenness. We want to consider the site not as a blank void soon to be filled but as an already existing network of dynamic human and non-human relationships that could be the starting point for degrowth utopias beyond the anthropocentric present.

Through different methods of mapping, ethnography, phenomenological research and dramatical storytelling we want to give voice to various present and future actors of the in-between space and thus smoothly move between now and then.

 

Funding

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

 

Rese­ar­chers

Zuzana Tabač­ková

 

Part­ner

Spolka

 

Project website

never-never.spolka.cc

 

Publication

Gresakova, Lydia / Tabackova, Zuzana / Spolka (Hgs.) (2020): Mapping the In-between: Interdisciplinary Methods for Envisioning other Futures. Kosice: Spolka. ISBN (print): 978–80-973580–0‑6.

 

 

Never-never School: Map­ping The In-bet­­ween
Inter­na­tio­nal mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary sum­mer school for stu­dents and young pro­fes­sio­nals
© Spolka
2019

Topic

Never-never school is a uni­que space for com­mu­nity lear­ning and rese­arch about cities. In col­la­bo­ra­tion with collec­tive Spolka, we invite you to Košice, Slo­va­kia to join us for an expe­ri­ment in co-crea­tion cent­red on map­ping, collec­tive visio­ning and explo­ra­tion of urban in-bet­ween­ness.

Never-never focu­ses on peer-to-peer exchange and trans­di­sci­pli­na­rity in order to create a rich lear­ning space for all par­ti­ci­pants. In the course of the sum­mer school, col­la­bo­ra­tive lear­ning models and a variety of for­mats are tes­ted and deve­lo­ped in order to fos­ter col­la­bo­ra­tion bey­ond the school’s frame.

 

Pro­ject

In the cur­rent urban dis­course we tend to envi­sion cities as con­stantly gro­wing struc­tures, where “deve­lo­p­ment as usual” is the ans­wer to ever­ything from unem­ploy­ment to tack­ling cli­mate change. Even in the “shrin­king” or sta­gna­ting post-socia­list Euro­pean cities we dream of large deve­lo­p­ments to fill in the “empty” spaces of the many brown­fields. Alter­na­tive pro­po­sals to those of the com­mo­di­fied real estate mar­ket are non-exis­tent or quickly hus­hed away. During this year’s sum­mer school we will take a clo­ser look at one such site stret­ched along the river Hornád and the city centre of Košice, Slo­va­kia. Trap­ped in a per­ma­nent limbo state bet­ween uto­pian desire of future city district and sta­gna­ting rea­lity, there is a pecu­liar qua­lity to its in-bet­ween­ness. We want to con­si­der the site not as a blank void soon to be fil­led but as an already exis­ting net­work of dyna­mic human and non-human rela­ti­ons­hips that could be the star­ting point for degrowth uto­pias bey­ond the anthropo­centric pre­sent.

Through dif­fe­rent methods of map­ping, eth­no­gra­phy, phe­no­me­no­lo­gi­cal rese­arch and dra­ma­ti­cal sto­ry­tel­ling we want to give voice to various pre­sent and future actors of the in-bet­ween space and thus smoothly move bet­ween now and then.

 

Fun­ding

Sup­por­ted using public fun­ding by Slo­vak Arts Coun­cil.
The pro­ject is co-finan­ced by the Governments of Cze­chia, Hun­gary, Poland and Slo­va­kia through Visegrad Grants from Inter­na­tio­nal Visegrad Fund. The mis­sion of the fund is to advance ideas for sus­tainable regio­nal coope­ra­tion in Cen­tral Europe.

 

Rese­ar­chers

Zuzana Tabač­ková

 

Part­ner

Spolka

 

Pro­ject web­site

never​-never​.spolka​.cc

 

Publi­ca­tion

Gre­s­a­kova, Lydia / Taback­ova, Zuzana / Spolka (Hgs.) (2020): Map­ping the In-bet­ween: Inter­di­sci­pli­nary Methods for Envi­sio­ning other Futures. Kosice: Spolka. ISBN (print): 978–80–973580–0‑6.