Hackcamp «The city is ours» in Seville, by ZEMOS98


In October 2019 our partners ZEMOS98 organized “The city is ours”, a meeting held in Seville with thirty local, national and international participants working the city in areas related to memory, identity, folklore and tourism from artistic, audiovisual, journalistic, statistical and academic fields.

Hackcamp «The city is ours» in Seville, by ZEMOS98

The work was organized into four thematic tables, giving way to different prototypes that were collected in this open paper. The idea of ​​this document is that it can serve as a practical and inspirational roadmap for groups and organizations that want to experiment with new narratives to claim the right to the city.

TABLE 1: Visual representation and reconstruction of memory in the city

City centres are increasingly turning into something similar to cinema scenery, something that remains unchangeable and inexplicable, apart from daily life and history. By using visual and audiovisual documentation, we will face other ways of representing the city that place value in popular memory and its ways of writing history. Profile: filmmakers, audiovisual collectives, researchers, artists.

TABLE 2: Data about touristification in Seville

Tourism in Seville has grown exponentially in the last few years; however, compared to other cities, the government is not considering to control its impact on citizenship and the city. We will use this table to analyze, through journalistic and data visualization tools, the real impact of what is happening in the city and will probably happen in the next few years. Profiles: journalists, data visualization, researchers.

This prototype is under development in the Right to the City Labs.

TABLE 3: Actions in public space and right to the city

How can we better frame and see those daily life tensions derived from tourism in our cities? We will think about ways of producing actions and tools that help us spotlight that existing tension between exchange value and usage value of those spaces where we live. A flag denouncing illegal touristic apartments, a leaflet, a performance, stickers, anything is possible! Profile: artists, communication, graphic design.

TABLE 4: Anti-souvenir: tourism and folklore

Spanish folklore and its political use are rooted very deeply in the history of Spain. When the debate about immaterial heritage is more vivid than ever, it worths asking how this stereotypical vision of society is feeding the industry of tourism. In this table, we will hack the idea of souvenir as a physical symbol of folklore. Profile: artists, communication, research.

Roozbeh Behtaji made a video of the hackcamp: