The New Met has consistently provoked diverse discussions about urban citizenship: here are some of the key events we organised and participated in during 2015:
Urban Citizenship Events
Our first public event Amsterdam, Street Art & Super-Gentrification (March) brought academics, artists and cultural producers together to discuss the imagery of gentrification processes and the forces behind them. We followed that with a symposium (June) where invited guests from Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Leuven, London, Xi’an, Zagreb and Zürich tackled topics like Activist Aesthetics, Architecture and Democracy and Co-Creating the City.
In September New Met editor Stacey Hunter directed the annual City Link Symposium on Democratic Renewal providing examples of co-operation at a city level from the grassroots in Copenhagen to the tactical or ‘hacktivist’ in Dallas.
Our most recent activity has been a partnership with IASH and the National Museum of Scotland which combined an online (Twitter & Instagram generated) exhibition about lost and contested urban spaces with a public talk titled Lost + Found attended by over 200 people.
Galvanised by the enthusiasm we’ve encountered and the appetite for further discussion on urban citizenship The New Met will continue to publish, provide a platform for discussion and produce public events on the subject.