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ABOUT BEYOND MEANWHILE SPACE

Meanwhile spaces pop-up and disappear across cities at such a pace that mapping them is often an onerous task. Artists, community groups, small business start-ups, and more all quickly inhabit these spaces. Meanwhile spaces may seem to offer cheap places to use as studios, galleries, workspaces, community centres, etc., but they can be considered as part of the neoliberal property cycle – a cycle of planned disinvestment, planned meanwhile use, and planned redevelopment. In this sense, meanwhile spaces can be understood as exploiting the temporary users (by increasing precarity and thereby instability and unsustainability) and by the users exploiting the planning processes that create these spaces in the first place.

Beyond Meanwhile Space seeks to offer students the opportunity of thinking about the role meanwhile spaces play in the planning process, which at times leads to gentrification and displacement, as a game. The “meanwhile game” reinforces Henri Lefebvre’s notion of abstract space: controlled space that perpetuates rather than challenges capitalism. This is a game of power in which the players make and destroy the boards, setting out then repositioning the players on the boards as they see fit, and making and breaking the rules as they go. Yet Lefebvre suggests that the social production of space (of which meanwhile spaces are one manifestation) can also dissolve the controlled and controlling social relationships inherent in abstract spaces such as meanwhile spaces, thereby producing differential spaces – playful spaces in which new possibilities can develop and grow from the grassroots.

BEYOND MEANWHILE SPACE encourages students to explore and research meanwhile spaces, spatial theory and economic processes linked to redevelopment, regeneration and gentrification. It explores why, given the current emphasis on and expansion of meanwhile use, there is little acknowledgement of the desire from users (artists, small arts organisations, community groups, etc.) for permanence and self-determination.

BEYOND MEANWHILE SPACE asks students produce meanwhile games that demonstrate their understandings of these issues. The games can take any form, from traditional board games to Minecraft-style games, Lego, or whatever else they feel best conveys their learning and the knowledge they produce.

The games will be exhibited in SHIFT Cardiff – a meanwhile space – as well as online.

SHORT FILM INTRODUCING BEYOND MEANWHILE SPACE

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ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

MON 20TH JAN, 10AM-1PM (SHIFT): INTRODUCTION AND DISCUSSION (STEPHEN PRITCHARD AND STEPHANIE BOLT)

MON 20TH JAN, 2PM-5PM (SHIFT): FORM GROUPS, PLANNING AND IDEAS MAPPING, AGREE TUTORIAL TIMES FOR 24TH JAN SKYPE (STEPHEN PRITCHARD)

TUES 21ST JAN: INDEPENDENT STUDY – EXPLORE AND BEGIN DEVELOPING IDEAS

WED 22ND JAN, 1.30PM-4.30PM (MEET AT SUSTAINABLE STUDIO): SITE VISIT AND WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOW AND TELL (STEPHANIE BOLT)

THURS 23RD JAN: INDEPENDENT STUDY – CONTINUE DEVELOPING IDEAS

FRI 24TH JAN, 2PM-5PM (BUTE, ROOM 0.6): GROUP TUTORIALS ABOUT IDEAS AND PROGRESS VIA SKYPE (STEPHEN PRITCHARD)

MON 27TH JAN, 10AM-1PM (SHIFT): WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOW AND TELL (STEPHANIE BOLT)

TUES 28TH JAN (SHIFT): INDEPENDENT STUDY – PROTOTYPING AND FINALISING IDEAS

WED 29TH JAN, 10AM-1PM (SHIFT): SUPERVISED INDEPENDED STUDY AND WORK (STEPHANIE BOLT)

THURS 30TH JAN, 10AM-1PM (SHIFT): WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOW AND TELL (STEPHEN PRITCHARD AND STEPHANIE BOLT)

THURS 30TH JAN, 1PM-2PM (SHIFT): GROUP DISCUSSION WITH INVITED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND ACADEMICS (STEPHEN PRITCHARD AND STEPHANIE BOLT)

THURS 30TH JAN, 2PM-5PM (SHIFT): ADAPT AND DEVELOP FINAL PROJECT OUTPUTS – ALL WORK TO BE INSTALLED BY 5PM (STEPHEN PRITCHARD)

FRI 31ST JAN, 10AM-1PM (SHIFT): DOCUMENT INSTALLED WORK (STEPHEN PRITCHARD)

FRI 31ST JAN, 2PM-5PM (SHIFT): PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF PROJECTS

 LINKS

MEANWHILE SPACE IN CARDIFF

SHIFT

CAPITOL SPACES

THE BONE YARD

MADE IN ROATH

MEANWHILE HOUSE

THE SUSTAINABLE STUDIO

CREATIVE COMMONS CARDIFF

CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE IN CARDIFF

CARDIFF CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT GRASSROOTS CULTURE, ARTS PROFESSIONAL, 2019

CREATIVE COMMONS CARDIFF SHARE PLAN C, CREATIVE CARDIFF, 2019

MEANWHILE SPACE IN THE UK

AXISWEB VACANT SPACES

MEANWHILE SPACE

EAST STREET ARTS

WASPS MEANWHILE SPACES

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BOW ARTS

NOMADIC COMMUNITY GARDENS

CREATIVE PLACEMAKING

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES AND ARTS-BASED PLACEMAKING, PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES, 2015

REPORTS ABOUT MEANWHILE SPACE

MORE THAN MEANWHILE SPACES, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, 2019

CULTURAL CITIES ENQUIRY, UK CORE CITIES, 2019

CREATIVE ENTERPRISE ZONES, MAYOR OF LONDON, 2017

CREATING ARTISTS’ WORKSPACE, MAYOR OF LONDON, 2014

POSITIVE ARGUMENTS FOR MEANWHILE SPACE

“MEANWHILE SPACES”: THE EMPTY SHOPS BECOMING A CREATIVE FORCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AIDA EDEMARIAM, 2019

THE RISE OF THE “MEANWHILE SPACE”: HOW EMPTY PROPERTIES ARE FINDING SECOND LIVES, LAURA LATHAM, 2018

CRITIQUES OF MEANWHILE SPACE

WHY CULTURE COMPETITIONS AND “ARTWASHING” DRIVE URBAN INEQUALITY, OLI MOULD, 2017

FUCK YOUR POP-UP SHOPS, DAN HANCOX, 2014

RELATED THINKING BY STEPHEN PRITCHARD

ARE ARTISTS USED AS PAWNS IN THE GENTRIFICATION OF GOVANHILL? FILMED INTERVIEW, 2019

WE NEED TO UNDERMINE THE THING THAT IS UNDERMINING OUR ART, AN INTERVIEW BY CARLA MANN, FRANKFURT, 2019

PLACEGUARDING: AN END TO THE SLOW VIOLENCE OF CREATIVE PLACEMAKING AND GENTRIFICATION, FILM OF KEYNOTE LECTURE AT [IM]POSSIBLE COMPLICITIES, BERLIN, 2019

ARTISTS AGAINST ARTWASHING: ANTI-GENTRIFICATION AND THE INTANGIBLE RISE OF THE SOCIAL CAPITAL ARTIST, ESSAY IN A BALANCING ACT, 2018

HENRI LEFEBVRE, THE PRODUCTION OF SPACE, 1991 (1974) – CLICK FOR FULL BOOK