Distributed Spaces

“But outside the university precincts another kind of knowledge production is going on all the time. I will agree that its not always rigorous [[….]] but I must remind a Marxist philosopher that knowledges have been and still are formed outside academic procedures. Nor have these been, in the test of practice, negligible. They have assisted men and women to till the fields, to construct houses, to support elaborate social organisations, and even, on occasion, to challenge effectively the conclusions of academic thought.”  E.P. Thompson, The Poverty of Theory. 1978

Distributed Spaces draws on the British Marxist historian E.P. Thompson’s challenge to the hegemony of institutional knowledge production. In this regard, knowledge is counterposed – understood as decentralised and taken in its dynamic ‘lived’ form, dispersed on the streets and in the favelas and occupied houses of Sao Paulo and elsewhere.

With an onus on autonomy and self-representation, each distributed ‘space’ offers up its own respective history (e.g. social struggle, cultural production, educational programmes) with a view to sharing resources and know-how.  The spaces listed here came together in Sao Paulo, Brazil in December 2018 with these core principals in mind.

On arrival in Sao Paulo the visiting group from London, prepared for an eight day relay around the city and suburbs. As introduction, they attended a first time gathering for Favela and Occupied Housing representatives to share information about each others networks and neighbourhoods.

This list below tracks the distribution of customised Reverso Mazi toolkits following daily workshops in the respective social centres.

Reverso 01 – Casa Redonda the Morro do Macaco favela
Pi, solarPV/battery, micro USB cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 02 – IIEP – 5th December
Research initiative focussed on union histories and workers struggle.
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v.

Reverso 03 – Ocupação Mauá– 6th December
Occupied housing in downtown Sao Paulo
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v.

Reverso 04 – Perifatividade 7th December
collectiva in the Jardim Bristol Favela
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 05 – Associação Cultural – 8th December
Social centre in the Vila Nelson Cruz Favela
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 06 – Arte Maloqueira – 9th December
Community action and culture in the Chabilandia Favela
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 07 – Movimento Cultural – 10th December
Cultural Centre in the Ermiliano Materrazo neighborhood
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 08 – Central Saint Martins

Reverso 09 – Agencia Mural – 11th December
Pi, solarPV, USB battery, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

Reverso 10 – Escola da Cidade – 11th December
Pi, micro US cables, wlan USB, 5v – 3.1amp USB charger.

A mutual commitment to build on trust and progress has been made to keep in touch and continue the collaborations and exchanges.

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