Issue #7 considers collective action and activism across the areas of art, design, architecture, urbanism and the environment in the information age, and the power of people to collectively enact real, tangible change on big and small scales.
In this special This Vertical Life feature, Assemble Papers editor Sara Savage meets some of the remaining residents at the Sirius public housing building in Sydney, who for the last three years has been fighting the NSW government's decision to sell the building (as well as hundreds of other properties in the wider Millers Point area) to make way for luxury apartments.
The 7th print issue of Assemble Papers, 'In/formation', considers activism, collective action and the power of people in the information age. (The Beyonce reference in this issue's title is a happy accident.) Here, AP editor Sara Savage explains some of the thinking behind this issue, published in partnership with CLIMARTE, the clever folks behind the biennial ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE festival.
Roj Amedi talks with Murrawah Maroochy Johnson – the youngest member and a passionate representative of the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council – about climate justice, Aboriginal sovereignty and the importance of self-determination in the traditional owners' struggle against the proposed Adani Carmichael mine in central Queensland.
Tiggy cafe's Sarah Booth and Julia Dunne share a recipe they learned from Nayran Tabiei, cooking teacher at Free to Feed, a pop-up cooking school in Melbourne taught by refugees and asylum seekers. The recipe? Nayran's Tas Kebab – originating in Turkey, over the centuries it's a dish that has made its way across the region and appears here with a Syrian twist.
Liberate Tate is an activist art collective, formed shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that spent six long years campaigning British cultural institution Tate to drop its oil company funding through a series of nearly 20 unsanctioned performances, interventions and protests. Sara Savage speaks to co-founder Mel Evans about 'Big Oil', ethical sponsorship and the power of performance.
Berlin-based architecture collective Raumlabor sees the city as a space for investigation, participation and endless possibilities. With much of its early work spanning the realm of temporary interventions, these days Raumlabor is turning its focus towards more enduring urban transformations. Emily Wong chats to co-director Christof Mayer about working at the intersection of art and city-making.
Influential architect Robin Boyd, known for his sensitive variation of modernism, is a household name that stretches far beyond the architectural elite. Boyd’s is a legacy that has endured in his expansive body of work, lovingly upheld in no small part by the 2005-established Robin Boyd Foundation. Rachel Elliot-Jones visits founder and director, Tony Lee, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Melbourne.
Based on a prompt by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, EXIT (2008–15) is an experimental 360-degree installation created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with a team of statisticians, scientists and geographers. Sara Savage speaks with Fondation Cartier curator Thomas Delamarre about working at the intersection of art and data, and about the role of cultural institutions in effecting change.
Cuba's 'Special Period in Time of Peace' – a euphemism for the country's economic crisis in of the 1990s – bred hardship, austere rationing, and a new material culture among citizens. Elliott Mackie speaks with Cuban designer Ernesto Oroza about the phenomenon Oroza describes as 'technological disobedience', highlighting both the ingenuity and sociopolitical and economic forces that have shaped Cuban design.
Nightlife-loving Sydneysiders may already know of Jim Singline and Hana Shimada through Goodgod Small Club, the basement venue the couple founded in the mid-2000s and eventually sold in 2015. Rafaela Pandolfini shares an Aperol Spritz with Jim and Hana at their Redfern terrace to hear about their work, their home and how the two are intrinsically connected.
The Greening Bourj Al Shamali initiative aims to green and improve the living conditions in the Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, a theoretically temporary Palestinian refugee camp that's now a 60-year-old informal urban environment, densely built and without green spaces. Sara Savage speaks to the team behind the initiative about 'balloon mapping' the camp in the name of self-determination.
5x4 Hayes Lane isn't the typical home you'd expect to find tucked in at the end of a narrow laneway in leafy East Melbourne. We step inside this pocket-sized project and speak to its owner, Ralph Alphonso, about his decision to stretch the project's small footprint of 20 square metres over four storeys, and about the challenges that arose during the construction of this extraordinary home.