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Open Democracy, with Felipe Pena

Focus in Brazilian media has turned recently to the community of Villa Autódromo and its impending eviction to give way to Olympic constructions ahead of the Games next year. So nothing new here, then.

As we sit down to write what we have witnessed here – in what may be the last days of Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro’s embattled favela – what strikes us is the mind-boggling banality of the story. Continue Reading…

The outside and the beyond

A key determinant, then, a crucial classifying factor in understanding where a specific site, a locale, a neighbourhood, a borough lies in relation to sovereign power, is agency.

Is its non-classification as a space belonging to sovereign neoliberal order involuntary, so to speak? In this first case, the space in question is outside this order; it is marginal, in term’s sense with which we are the most acquainted. Continue Reading…

Think of the lines drawn upon the urban entity: cognitive lines that nonetheless compartmentalise, divide, ordere-in-place. To map out is to draw a line: both in the literal sense of drawing as much as in the sense of deciding when a limit has been reached. And it is sovereignty that decides, at the first instance, when this limit has been reached, when the time has come and where the coordinate is apt for this line to be drawn.

But there are also those cognitive lines drawn in the minds of the urban dwellers, lines that build themselves through and thanks to the everyday. Lines fermented in memory, solidified in the lived form: lines that direct us in sinking in the untold. Continue Reading…

Updates on the ongoing hunger strike of twenty-two anarchists in Greece

Santa Teresa, looking North

Santa Teresa, looking North

Entre-espaços

March 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

Rede de Informações Anarquistas

Portuguese translation of In-between spaces, written as part of a Society & Space forum on The Greek Elections and the Future of Europe.

Se existisse um único dispositivo o qual poderia simbolizar nosso estado como sujeito histórico durante esses tempos de crise, este seria um pêndulo. A sensação é de que aparentemente há um eterno sentido de movimento entre um momento histórico e outro, sempre oscilando à beira da catástrofe, de uma revolta, logo que começamos a sair do estado anterior. Encontramo-nos suspensos em meio a alternância dos picos históricos. Vavel, uma velha e querida revista de quadrinhos grega1, se descrevia como um ótimo acompanhamento para seus leitores “para passar agradavelmente seu tempo entre uma catástrofe e a seguinte.” De novo, o sentimento enquanto nós experimentamos o desenrolar dos acontecimentos nos territórios gregos tem sido exatamente assim. Nossa existência cotidiana parece como um mero parêntese para os eventos cataclísmicos que sempre seguem ou procedem o presente, um tempo sempre fugaz que reside entre-espaços. Continue Reading…

Open Democracy

With Brazil on the brink of recession, it’s not hard to compare the country’s looming financial collapse with that of Greece, as the country is following in Greece’s pre-crisis footsteps in quite a few ways.

For a demonstration touted as an angry call for the Brazilian military to intervene in the country’s scandal-ridden political scene, the atmosphere in the streets was surprisingly sober, even indolent.

And while the scorching Rio de Janeiro heat would probably keep any crowd from turning raucous, there is something else playing out in Brazil right now that added to the sceptical atmosphere. The message of Sunday’s demonstrations was more complicated than some fringe call for a return to the country’s dictatorial ways. Continue Reading…

theguardian.com

Under the scorching Rio de Janeiro sun and only metres from the famous Copacabana shoreline, even the most committed of Sunday’s demonstrators seemed to give in to the indolence of the place, with an often surreal result: a handmade placard calling for the president’s impeachment in one hand, a refreshing caipirinha in the other. Continue Reading…