Similar to last year when São Paulo served as launching pad for an ongoing ArtsEverywhere inquiry on the Queer City—tethering its early content to a deep, site-specific process of community organizing and cultural production by Lanchonete.org—the Economic Dignity inquiry invites an initial series from São Paulo. In so doing, we hope to generate further entanglements between the two themes as demonstrated already by Sabrina Duran’s The Enjoyment of the Pariah: Technologies to Exist at the Margins [of the State].
From my early visits to São Paulo while still living in NYC, I began to pick up on some common ground and contrasts between the two cities, such as debates surrounding NYC’s Highline and São Paulo’s Minhocão and urban safety/security based on personal experience in My Two Muggings, a series of vignettes that continue under the Economic Dignity inquiry.
While Lanchonete.org will have reached its five-year horizon at the end of 2017, ArtsEverywhere will continue publishing work by artists, activists, journalists, architects, urban planners, and collectives interrogating “The Right to the City,” which is essentially about Economic Dignity.
The Lanchonete.org partnership page features the articles that have been published to date under the auspices of this program.
Lanchonete.org is an artist-led platform lasting five-years, focused on how people live in, work in, navigate, and share the contemporary city with the Center of São Paulo as our outlook. It gets its name from the ubiquitous lunch counters—convivial, fluorescent-lit, open-walled, laborious, points of commerce—that populate almost every street corner. Lanchonete.org is about issues that big cities face, different forms of urban power, and The Right to the City, but not insomuch as to define these constructs…but to stretch the platform as far as is necessary to consider diverse viewpoints. Lanchonete.org takes cues from Henri Lefebvre’s The Right to the City (1968), or one that “demand[s] a transformed and renewed access to urban life,” as well as Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life (1984) among many others.