This two-day programme of discussions and expeditions brings international thinkers and practitioners from architecture, urbanism and visual culture together with council directors and urban developers from Liverpool to share tactics and ideas for re-imagining our future cities.
Future City investigates the asymmetries and connections between various cities and considers
what role culture can play in urban and social transformation.
This two-day programme of discussions and expeditions brings international thinkers and practitioners from architecture, urbanism and visual culture together with council directors and urban developers from Liverpool to share tactics and ideas for re-imagining our future cities. The forum addresses key questions about our individual and collective stake in the creation of our urban futures. On Saturday, expeditions in the city highlight large-scale developments and the visionary optimism surrounding Liverpool’s future as well as more intimate social imaginaries and their capacities for change.
Beyond these events, the Futurist Library 620 BC – 2013, the forthcoming edition of Liverpool Biennial’s e-journal Stages, and the Future City forum in Doha in late 2013 expand the field of interlocutors for the project. Together, these help to create an even more varied toolkit of intellectual and creative resources through which we might envisage the future of our cities.
Future City is a collaborative project between Liverpool Biennial and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University. It is the second Pop-Up Mathaf programme to take place as part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture and is designed by the partner institutions of Mathaf and Liverpool Biennial to generate dialogue and knowledge around shared questions.
F R I D AY, 2 7 S E P T E M B E R
The Future City forum brings together distinguished thinkers and practitioners in the fields of art, architecture, urbanism, visual culture and sociology to explore ways of thinking that will be most useful to us in the future. This series of interdisciplinary conversations draws on connections between historical and geographical contexts and considers complex world systems as well as the role of the individual in creating and defining possibilities.
Juan Cruz, Director, LJMU School of Art and Design
Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial
Michelle Dezember, Programming and Special Projects, Mathaf
Vanessa Boni and Deena Chalabi, Co-Curators, Future City
WHAT IS OUR GLOBALISED FUTURE?
Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths
Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Two leading academics discuss their respective approaches to thinking about globalisation and society: one from the point of view of economics and politics and the other from a cultural perspective.
HOW DO RESOURCES IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE?
Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
Werner Hofer, Director, Stevenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool
Noura Al Sayeh, Architect
Bringing together a leading local scientist on renewable energy with an expert on the cultural politics of oil and moderated by an architect, this session examines the tensions between our contemporary material conditions and social behav- iours, and explores what the relationship should be between our social imaginar- ies and energy.
WHAT IS AT STAKE IN CRAFTING VISIONS OF THE FUTURE OF LIVERPOOL?
Lindsey Ashworth, Development Director, Peel Group
Claire McColgan, Assistant Director Culture and Tourism, Liverpool City Council
Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool
Andrea Phillips, Reader in Fine Art, Goldsmiths
This discussion explores the role culture plays in the city of Liverpool, historically and at present, and questions the terms that we use to speak and think about urban transformation and investment. What agendas are at play and how do they inform or contradict each other?
WHAT DO WE NEED TO CONSTRUCT?
Philippe Rahm, Architect, Philippe Rahm Architectes
Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT
Joseph Grima, Architect and Writer
The field of architecture not only addresses the building of physical structures and the shaping of space but also has a unique viewpoint on the social and historical constructs that are relevant when thinking about urban environments. This discussion addresses what we need to create in the present to shape how we will live in the future.
WHAT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED OR FORGOTTEN?
Slavs and Tatars, Art Collective
Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Deena Chalabi, Pop-Up Mathaf Guest Curator, Mathaf
The final session of the day looks at cultural memory in urban space, and considers cultural amnesia in relation to political volatility and historical rupture around the world. What are some overlooked traces that manifest in the present landscape and social fabric that may well have an impact on the future?
AND NOW . . .
A reading in the Futurist Library 620 BC - 2013 produced by Nathan Jones
Futurist Library 620 BC - 2013 is a toolkit to help us think about how to work towards a future city. Artists, theorists, academics, writers, geographers and architects, as well as participants in Future City, were invited by the curators to select material that a library in the future should hold. Responding to the question: "What should we read in order to think most imaginatively for the future?", the library includes fiction and non-fiction books, journals and films as well as other relevant specialist material.
Material selected by Sophia Al Maria, Noura Al Sayeh, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Ursula Biemann, Evan Calder Williams, Deena Chalabi, Zainab Djavanroodi, Simone Ferracina, Nav Haq, Iman Issa, Mitra Khoubrou, Francesco Manacorda, Naeem Mohaiemen, Louis Moreno, Nat Muller, Fumio Nanjo, Rosalind Nashashibi, Elaine Ng, Ingo Niermann, Charlie Pocock, Nasser Rabbat, Philippe Rahm, Slavs and Tatars, Alia Swastika, Imre Szeman, The Royal Standard, Nato Thompson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dominic Willsdon.
The library is designed by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, with an inventory by Lola Halifa-Legrand.
Public Exhibition Space
Liverpool John Moores University
John Lennon Art and Design Building
Thursday 26 September 2–8pm
Friday 27 September 10–6pm
Saturday 28 September 10–6pm
S A T U R D A Y, 2 8 S E P T E M B E R
The Future City expeditions explore alternative ways of looking at the city of Liverpool. In imagining possibilities for the city, these expeditions address the scope of large-scale urban transformations as well as the less official forces of change.
ON THE CULTURE OF PROTEST
Bouchra Khalili, artist and Omar Kholeif, curator
Narrated by Adam El Hagar
This performative walk is inspired by Liverpool's rich history as a city of radical activism. Using key milestones as a backdrop, it will map parallel histories of immigration between North Africa and Europe to activate questions about collective memory.
Meeting point: Pier Head, in front of the King Edward VII statue, L3 1DP
TOUR OF LIVERPOOL WATERS
Ian Pollitt, Peel Group
This bus tour, following the Leeds-Liverpool canal through the old Central Docks, gives an insight into the Peel Group's development plans for Liverpool Waters. The tour starts at the Eldonian Village Hall with Lawrence Santangeli, chief executive of the Eldonian Group Ltd, giving an introduction to the village, one of the country's leading examples of a successful community-led approach to neighbourhood regeneration.
Meeting point: Eldonian Village Hall, Burlington St, Vauxhall L3 6LG
WE ARE HERE TO STAY
Jeanne van Heeswijk, artist and Homebaked
The illustrious biography of Homebaked will be told through the individual narratives of people who came together to make it happen. The conversation will be hosted by Roger Phillips, BBC Radio Merseyside.
Meeting point: Mitchell’s Bakery, 197-199 Oakfield Road, L4 OUF
A coach will be departing from outside the Granada Building, Albert Dock at 3.30pm to Mitchell’s Bakery. To book a place on the coach please email Charlotte Horn firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsey Ashworth, Development Director, Peel Group
Lindsey Ashworth has worked for Peel Holdings since 1989. A Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Architectural Technologist – MRICS & MCIAT, Lindsey is responsible for pioneering long-term developments in the United Kingdom and overseas. In the UK, Lindsey conceived the Ocean Gateway concept as an economic driver for the North West region led by his projects Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters. He has developed various projects in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Gloucester and Spain.
Deena Chalabi, Pop-Up Mathaf Guest Curator
Deena Chalabi is a New York-based writer and curator. She was the founding Head of Strategy at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar from 2009 until 2012 and co-curated the inaugural exhibition of Mathaf’s permanent collection. Chalabi created the Pop-Up Mathaf programme for collaborative international partnerships, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Future City with Liverpool Biennial is the latest Pop-Up Mathaf programme.
Prof. Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in his field. Originally from Ahvaz in Iran, he has taught and delivered lectures in many North and Latin American, European, Arab, and Iranian universities. He is a founding member of both the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University.
Joseph Grima, Architect and Writer
Since studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London, Joseph Grima has pursued an international career as a curator, writer and critic in the fields of architecture, art and design. From 2011 to 2013, Grima was the editor of Domus, and was also co-curator of the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial. As a curator and independent researcher, Grima has designed and planned installations for events and institutions of international significance, including the Venice Architecture Biennial, the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, and the Beijing Museum of Urban Planning. Grima has recently accepted a joint appointment with Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool John Moores University focusing on architecture and urbanism.
Lola Halifa-Legrand, Graphic Designer
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2011, Lola Halifa-Legrand has established a practice within the fields of art and culture, working on printed matters. She has worked for different institutions such as the Serpentine Gallery, Electra, Calvert 22 and the National Portrait Gallery and often works jointly with artists and curators.
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Designer
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008, establishing a cross-disciplinary practice that produces work ranging from interior spaces, recipes and furniture to photography, public interventions and products. He regularly teaches at the Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins, and Kingston University. Recent projects include: Lose&Find, LCCA, Rīga, 2013; Penfold’s Cupboard, The Showroom, 2013; The Possibility Forum, The Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, 2013; Zoo-Topia, London Festival of Architecture, 2012.
Jeanne van Heeswijk, Artist
Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces. Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement. With her work van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting-)spaces or remodels existing ones. The achieve this she often works closely with artists, designers, architects, software developers, governments and citizens. She regularly lectures on topics such as urban renewal, participation and cultural production.
Prof. Werner Hofer, Director, Stevenson Institute for Renewable Energy
Werner Hofer is the founding Director of Liverpool University’s Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and a member of the Merseyside Low Carbon Panel. He holds visiting chairs at Donostia International Physics Centre, Spain; Lund University, Sweden; and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. He is Director of Research for the Faculty of Sciences. For the past five years he has been at the forefront of applying R&D technology in the energy sector and is experienced in leading multi-disciplinary and multi-partner national collaborations.
Bouchra Khalili, Artist
Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili was educated between Casablanca and Paris, and currently lives in Berlin. Her work in video, photography and prints investigate methods and discourses of resistance as elaborated and narrated by members of minorities. Khalili has shown her work internationally, including recently at The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Wet Feet and More (solo show), DAAD Galerie, Berlin, 2013; the 18th Biennale of Sydney, 2012; and Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Paris, 2012.
Omar Kholeif, Curator, Writer, Curator and Editor
Omar Kholeif is a curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester and HOME – one of the UK's iconic new cross-artform centres, and directs the programme for SPACE at The White Building. He is curator at large/Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, London, and founding Director of the UK's Arab Film Festival. Formerly, Kholeif was Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, a curator for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival and a contributing curator for Liverpool Biennial. He is Senior Editor at Ibraaz.
Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool
Francesco Manacorda has been Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool since April 2012. Prior to this, Manacorda was Director of Artissima from February 2010. In 2007 he curated Venetian, Atmospheric, Tobias Putrih, the Slovenian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and in 2009, Save Yourself, Francis Uprichard, the New Zealand Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Between 2007 and 2009 he was Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London.
Claire McColgan MBE, Assistant Director Culture and Tourism, Liverpool City Council
Claire McColgan is Assistant Director Culture and Tourism responsible for Cultural Delivery, and Tourism and Policy for Liverpool City Council. She joined the Liverpool Culture Company in 2000 and created and managed the cultural programme for public involvement in the Capital of Culture bid. McColgan has designed, produced and managed various projects, including the Creative Communities Programme, Liverpool's 2007 birthday celebrations, the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery, as well as the programme for Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year.
Dr Andrea Phillips, Reader in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
Andrea Phillips is Reader in Fine Art and Director of PhD programmes in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Phillips lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of publics within contemporary art. Recent and ongoing research projects include: Actors, Agent and Attendants, a research project and set of publications that address the role of artistic and curatorial production in contemporary political milieus, and Public Alchemy, the public programme for the Istanbul Biennial 2013.
Prof. Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT
Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. An architect and a historian, his scholarly interests include Islamic architecture, urbanism, and cultures; Arabic history; and post-colonial criticism. His most recent books are Mamluk History Through Architecture: Building, Culture, and Politics in Mamluk Egypt and Syria, and al-Naqd Iltizaman: Nazarat fi-l Tarikh, wa-l Hawiyya wa-l Thawra (Criticism as Commitment: Viewpoints on History, Identity, and Revolution).
Philippe Rahm, Architect
Philippe Rahm is an Architect and Principal in the office of Philippe Rahm Architectes, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He has been nominated for several international architectural awards, and has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide, including at Archilab, Guggenheim New York and Manifesta.
Prof. Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths
Irit Rogoff is a writer, curator, and organiser working at the intersection of contemporary art, critical theory, and emergent political manifestations. She is Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London University where she heads the PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge programme, the MA in Global Arts programme and the new Geo-Cultures Research Centre. Rogoff has written extensively on geography, globalisation, and contemporary participatory practices in the expanded field of art.
Prof. Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is the author of several books. Her forthcoming book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, Harvard University Press, 2014. She has received diverse awards, from multiple Doctor Honoris Causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy and receiving the 2013 winner of the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Noura Al Sayeh, Architect
Noura Al Sayeh is an architect currently working at the Ministry of Culture of Bahrain as Head of Architectural Affairs, where she is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of cultural institutions and museums as well as the creation of an active agenda of exhibitions and academic exchange initiatives. Al Sayeh recently oversaw the programme for the Month of Architecture, Manama Capital of Culture of the Arab World 2012, centering on the notion and practice of public space in the Arab World. She was also co-curator and curator respectively of Bahrain’s first and second participation of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Slavs and Tatars, Art Collective
Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an often forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.
Prof. Imre Szeman, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair of Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta. Szeman’s main areas of research are in social and cultural theory, globalisation and culture, and popular and visual culture. Recent books include Cultural Theory: An Anthology, Blackwell, 2010, co-ed; and After Globalization, Blackwell, 2011, co-written. Current projects include On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil and the edited collection Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy, both of which will be published by Fordham University Press.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010 in Doha’s Education City. Spanning the 1840s through to the present, the museum’s permanent collection offers a rare comprehensive overview of modern and contemporary Arab art. With nearly 7,000 works gathered over the past 25 years from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey, the rest of the Western world and Asia, the collection represents the major artistic trends and sites of production. Mathaf presents avant-garde exhibitions that situate the artists and works from its collection in relation to a larger art context. Under the direction of Abdellah Karroum since 2013, the museum launches a pioneer series of new projects including Mathaf Curatorial Dialogues, a Project Room dedicated to the young generations and offers programmes that engage the local and international community. www.mathaf.org.qa
Liverpool Biennial is the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2013 Liverpool Biennial embarks on its new ten-year plan, with events and programmes scheduled year round to ensure a sustained dialogue with the city and its publics, responding to what is necessary and imagining what is possible in the city. Taking place from 5 July until late October, Liverpool Biennial 2014 will present newly commissioned and existing artworks in diverse locations across the city including public spaces, galleries and museums. Liverpool Biennial 2014 will be curated by guest curators Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman. www.biennial.com
Qatar Museums Authority
Established in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to combine the resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is a governmental organisation whose remit is to develop museums and cultural institutions and provide an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments and artifacts. Under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QMA is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. The Museum of Islamic Art, inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project. The organisation won further global acclaim with the December 2010 opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. QMA’s goal of becoming a global leader in the world of museums, art and heritage will be advanced in the coming years with ambitious, world-class projects, including the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. www.qma.com.qa
Qatar UK 2013
Qatar UK 2013 is a year-long cultural exchange programme between the State of Qatar and the United Kingdom, aiming to strengthen bilateral relations by creating lasting partnerships between institutions and individuals. Mutual recognition, understanding and appreciation of Qatari and British cultures are cultivated through over 70 entertaining and educational events throughout the year in both nations. www.qataruk2013.com
Commissioned by: Michelle Dezember, Deputy Director for Programming and Special Projects, Mathaf
Curated by: Sally Tallant, Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial, Deena Chalabi, Pop-Up Mathaf Guest Curator, and Vanessa Boni, Public Programme Curator, Liverpool Biennial
Project Assistant: Charlotte Horn, Programme Assistant, Liverpool Biennial
Editorial Assistant: Yoanna Karcheva, Communications Assistant, Liverpool Biennial
Design: Carlos Esparza
Supported by: Qatar Museums Authority, Mathaf, Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture
Thank you to all participants in Future City; Liverpool Biennial staff and volunteers; Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf; Miguel Blanco Carrasco, Director of the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations, QMA; Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool; Juan Cruz, Director of LJMU School of Art and Design; Rachel Carr and Sandra Rogers from Liverpool John Moores University; Joseph Grima; and Dominic Willsdon.
Phoebe Moore at Bolton & Quinn
Different venues - Liverpool