“Bjørvika traversed”

  • Listing categories Lecture
  • Location / Region Norway/ Oslo
  • Venue Litteraturhuset, Oslo.
  • Date 2017.12.07
  • Time 07:00 PM

We are quite open and exposed in our daily life, so it’s quite accessible to know more about our doing and modality, yesterday and tomorrow. We are open for the conversations and actions that this kind of meeting can provoke. So yes, let’s go to a bar after words.

Let’s start with a scathing open question:
Can we all here agree that one thing that perhaps relate all of us, is that we all want to make the world a better place?

In maths, when a problem arrives to a non-solution—or it breaks as they say—new numbers appeared in the conversation  to help for resolving the case, we went from just positive numbers, 1,2, 3, 4… to fractions, and so on… but not all the people accept this new scenarios immediately.
Confirming that fear of the unknown, even in their names, we humans kept numbers into certain obscurity, while being positive, negative, and alas! the imaginary numbers…

Recently we got quite hooked with a mathematical metaphor–by Hiroshi Hara– were he relates the world we are living in to the complex numbers, calling it a “complex world”. And that thanks to our consciousness, we have always been able to live simultaneously in the “real world” and in the “imaginary world”.

Consequently, in the “real world” we can find just what it is measurable, such as the right hand of Descartes, while in the “imaginary world”, we can find myths, and all kind of virtuality and de-distancing.

To make it simple, while we go picking Pokemons, we inhabit that “imaginary-world”, and yet we still occupy real space in the “real-world.”

But it took centuries for humanity to accept the negative numbers, and even the zero, for both being so far away from the “real” concrete world, since everything human should exist in the “real” world.

The same happened much recently to the imaginary numbers, and of course still happen to the “imaginary world”, even if politicians play Pokemon in Parliaments of Kingdoms.

So here we arrive to another simple question:  what do we mean with “a better place”?

antipodes café began as a continuation of explorations in the definitions of borders of all that we take for granted. A traversing that perhaps started with my very first steps—as im the oldest—yes, those times of forbidden songs as “A desalambrar” (Eng. Lets remove the wire-fences) from Viglietti.

From its name, antipodes café highlights its interest in holistic transdisciplinar explorations.
“antipodes” is the word in charge of that, while “café” is the one in charge of the “real world” we were talking about.
So antipodes café in fact, is for us a reminder of the “complex world”. A remainder of the better place we want to live in.

We can talk about urbanism, strategies, temporality and all dualities that we like, but if we do not explore in what do we mean with “a better place“, we will be just running around our own tails. That looks bad, and smells worse!

We do not have one answer, but we can make new questions to that better place now that the time has gone…

For instance, This “better place”…

  • is just measurable and functional?
  • Or it also includes our consciousness?

This better world,

  • is about the right now including us?
  • is about the future we do not know?

But also questions regarding trust and relationships…

  • It includes money?
  • And what about Gods?
  • Does this real world have room for power and class divisions?
  • How do we produce our needs? And our desires?
  • Who builds it?
  • How are inhabitants?
  • Are they Specialists?
  • What means foreign? and local?
  • Are they monogamous?
  • How people is raised in this better world?
  • Is this better world about development?
  • What means to play?
  • What about fairy tales?

So we think that the answer, “YES” of the very first question, is more a problem than a solution if we take it for granted. For us the “world as a better place” is a “complex world”, where the “imaginary world” appears simultaneously with the “real world”.

But to arrive there, we have to build structures for opening dialogues about that “complex world”,
otherwise we will just talk about dressing with salt or sugar the spectacular “real one”.

antipodes café, Oslo 2017.12.08

about the event (from organisers website)

“Bystemmer: ´Urban voices´”

´Urban voices´ is an arena organised as part of the research project Demosspace. On December 7, Professor Don Mitchell from Uppsala University will present ideas on con/temporary urban development, followed by six talks about three places in Oslo. We wish to discuss if and how new forms of temporary, small-scale and street projects contribute to a truly creative city, to an inclusive urban development, and to more evenly distributed powers amongst citizens and small entrepreneurs. ”

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Foto: By- og regionforskningsinstituttet NIBR (takk!)