May ’68

Crime as an Act of Unveiling: Learning from the Dissident Landscape of May’68

The relational field that emerged in the City of Paris during May ‘68 [#M68] was made of a dynamic myriad of invisible bonds and spatial layers of communication and empathy. The complexity of this emotional environment translated into physical, urban space through the act of taking to the streets and appropriating urban furniture, building barricades, and, most fundamentally, through the constant ap- pearance of written testimonies on the walls of Paris in the form of grafitti, spontaneous slogans or urban calligrams. Streets gave up their predominant role as transit sites in order to become dissident spaces of discussion, appropriation, transformation and debate. Normative, Euclidean space was imbued with countless layers of affectivity, social conflict, use, activity, energy, as well as the expansion of bodies in space. Because these intangible layers transform space, they interfere with the spatial response that may be provided by any architectural project. Thus, dealing with such subjective spaces within an urban environment entails the challenge of creating new unveiling devices that can unmask the interactions between emotional and physical bodies. Arguably, through the act of unmasking and revealing relational space, these could provide an insightful approach to the possibilities of the invisible in the field of contemporary architecture and urban space.

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Date:

2014

Location:

Paris

Team:

Natalia Matesanz

Type:

Master in advanced projects final thesis, MPAA, ETSAM