We are joined by Anthony Iles (online) who will present on the revival of the commons as a left-wing urban movement strategy in the UK. Taking us through its initial rediscovery by the New Left in the 90s onto its circulation in urban regeneration policies of the 2000s as ‘commoning’; then to a discussion on the possibilities of its critical reconceptulisation in the present, as a strategy for survival within and abolition of disaster capitalism.
Anthony is a militant researcher, essayist, and contributing editor at Mute. He is the author, with Josephine Berry, of the book, No Room to Move: Art and the Regenerate City (Mute Books, London 2011). His research centres on the question of social agency in urban space re/production: from squatting movements to visionary architecture, his analysis draws out tensions between urban development and gentrification in the post-industrial cityscape. Our discussion with Anthony began last year in Vilnius in a lecture series that was inspired by his book No Room to Move (documentation available here).
The Yulanda Ward Memorial Fund/Midnight Notes, 'Spatial Deconcentration', Midnight Notes, Space Notes, Midnight Notes, No.4, 1981, https://archive.leftove.rs/
Midnight Notes – The New Enclosures, Midnight Notes, No.10, 1990,