It was in Krakow in 2006, in an attempt to explore this 'difference', where local traceurs invited in the 3rd Art of Management Conference demonstrated Parkour, a performance that the delegates attended (check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfseC0IIDkg for a short video of parkour in this event). There was not much interaction apart from a brief introduction to the unexpected 'visitors' and some questions that the traceurs answered after the event. The project has now moved on and Parkour is still part of our interests yet now as one of many urban activities that we consider as important presences of the Urban (parkour, Daskalaki et al, 2008; Mould, 2009; skateboarding, Borden, 2001; 2003; grafitti, pranks, Andersson, 2009; buildering (http://www.buildering.net/v/ard_crack.mp4).
Next year, in Istanbul, we would like to invite you to actively participate and use space in alternative ways and thus enrich the ways of experiencing creativity and 'being - in - the world'. Through this, we now challenge the dualism of 'performing the city' as an activity that is isolated and characterises a specific subculture (e.g. skateboarders or traceurs) and 'experiencing the city' (a participative and inclusive intervention); indeed addressing the dualisms of performing/experiencing and actors/spectators, we want to move from a ‘marginalised subversive activities’ discourse to a heuristic framework of theorising differential uses of public urban space. We invite all delegates to participate therefore and enjoy a playful, subversive and artistic discovery of Santralistanbul and its surrounding spaces.
The event will be ongoing and cater for both organised 'participations' and unplanned, spontaneous interventions of conference delegates who will be inspired by event prompts to explore their personal individualistic ways of exploring space, identity and otherness. We propose three indicative 'spatial arenas' for exploration/re-appropriation: the event's 'dedicated space', the conference venue and the city of Istanbul itself. Films, clips and photographs of these activities are few of the desirable participations in this event. We are also open to suggestions and original contributions about how we could further 'let difference in'.
Papers can only be accepted as descriptive/explanatory tools of the activity practised. We encourage imaginative participations that employ visual means (such as films) but also incorporate embodied performances.This event, we think, will open up a dialogue for exploring more participative, imaginative and diverse contexts for social and organisational practice.
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