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Designer, farmer and lecturer Michael Leung (Hong Kong) will speak about the sociocultural context of farm squats in Hong Kong. Researcher and writer Pelin Tan (Mardin, Turkey) will talk about forms of local resistance in Istanbul, followed by a session by Poortgebouw residents on the history and the current situation of the space and its community, within the urban context of Rotterdam. Finally, researcher E.T.C. Dee will present archival research on squatting in Rotterdam.

This programme is part of the ongoing research project Architecture of Appropriationin which Het Nieuwe Instituut investigates squatting as an architectural practice.

Prior to the talks and the discussion there will be a screening of the film 2084: A Science Fiction Show / Episode 2: The Fall of Artists’ Republic (18 min. 2014) directed by Pelin Tan and Anton Vidokle. This episode is filmed on location in Tripoli, Lebanon, set in a future where the Artists’ Republic, an artist-run city-state after a successful occupation, has collapsed and art has become a thing of the past. Despite the demise of art, artists inexplicably continue to exist, albeit as animals.


Het Poortgebouw
Stieltjesstraat 38
3071 JX Rotterdam


Free entry. Please register via Tickets.

René Boer, Marina Otero Verzier and Katía Truijen in collaboration with the communities of ADM, Plantage Dok, Poortgebouw, Wijde Heisteeg 7, Landbouwbelang and Vluchtmaat
Graphic design: Maud Vervenne (publication), Jakub Straka with Sepus Noordmans (installation)
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
Johannes Schwartz
Cathy Brickwood, Aurora Bertoli

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder A series on the changing landscape.