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From #usingspace8: Learning from the divide between #artistic and #anarchist #squats in #Paris

‘I’ve painted myself into a corner’ – Learning from the divide between ‘artistic’ and ‘anarchist’ squats in Paris

This comes from the zine using space 8, where it contains lots of pictures of cats.

After an intense week in Paris for the Squatting Europe Kollective‘s annual conference I wanted to set down some thoughts about a rift which seems to go very deep in the squat scene there. I was already aware to some degree of this rupture through discussions with anarchist friends from France and would not by any means claim to have a complete grasp on the situation (if that is even possible); my aim here is to contribute some thoughts from an outsider perspective which would hopefully help to break down this divide, one which ultimately would seem rather destructive for the Paris squat scene (although having said that there is also a real point to be made about who is actually squatting and who is actually in the scene). Places still occupied will not be referred to by name to respect their privacy and what I am saying is intended as constructive criticism, I don’t think there is necessarily a right or wrong to this, although I would own up to a definite sympathy with the anarchist position. I would hope that debate and introspection is valuable to the squatting scene. I will frame the debate then offer some thoughts on it, adding some experiences from places I have lived in or visited.
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#using space 8 – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 8

Contents:
*’Ive painted myself into a corner’ – learning from the divide between artistic and anarchist squats in Paris
*Open House London / Made Possible by Squatting
*Review of ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’ by Hannah Dobbz
*A quick update on Brighton courtcases
*Excerpt from ‘Dangerous Spaces’ zine
*List of back issues

Plus more cats

Details:
*36 pages including cover
*Produced september 2o13
*Like all using spaces, this is laid out as an A5 pamphlet, to be printed off double-sided.

You can download it here or at zinelibrary.

New squat distro based in Pittsburgh

SQ Distro is a media distribution hub focused on the issues and tactics of squatting, housing, property resistance, and land struggles.

Here you will find many resources, from books and zines to DVDs along with some other related ephemera.

Keep an eye out for us at various events such as bookfairs and conferences around the US.

http://sqdistro.com/

Quibble – Critique of Industrial Society

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Quibble – Critique of Industrial Society

Issue One Version One of a new radical journal.

Features two articles, one long, one short:
*Authenticity, Music and False Needs – Critique of the Industrial Society from the Frankfurt School to Anarcho-Primitivism
*On Bloom – some comments on a talk made by Clive Bloom in Brighton

Details:
– 28 numbered pages inc. cover
– Cover is red
– Black and white inner pages
– Photocopied on recycled paper
– Produced 2011
– A5

To get:
PDF for printing is free from us -the zine is 13 pages, page 1 is a cover and 2-13 can be printed double-sided. Or you can get it from zinelibrary.
Or you can buy it from etsy with a lovely red cover.

#usingspace seven – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 7

Contents:

* Callout for a mass squatting action in Brighton
* Short update on criminalisation in England and Wales
* When glitter thugs attack
* Interview with a Seattle squatter
* Keeping occupied – on the Ocean Estate, London

Details:

* 28 pages including cover
* produced august 2o12

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF via zinelibrary..

Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

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Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of militant research and self-managed knowledge production.

Contents:

Hans Pruijt: Squatting in Europe
Pierpaolo Mudu: Resisting and challenging Neoliberalism: the development of Italian SocialCentres
Gianni Piazza: How activists make decisions within Social Centres? A comparative study in an Italian city
Miguel A. Martínez: The Squatters’ Movement in Spain: A Local and Global Cycle of Urban Protests
Claudio Cattaneo: Urban squatting, rural squatting and the ecological-economic perspective
Andre Holm, Armin Kuhn: Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin
Linus Owens: Have squat, will travel: How squatter mobility mobilizes squatting
Florence Boullon: What’s a ‘good’ squatter? Categorization’s processes of squats by government officials in France
Thomas Aguilera: Configurations of Squats in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: diversity of goals and resources
E.T.C. Dee: Moving towards criminalisation and then what? Examining dominant discourses on squatting in England

Available from Minor Compositions, AK Press, AKUK, Active and all good radical bookshops.
Also available as a free PDF download from SqEK or here.

278 pages, 6×9
US: $24 / UK: £16
ISBN 978-1-57027-257-8
Available direct from Minor Compositions now for the special price of £10.
Release date Fall 2013

#usingspace six – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

Using Space 6

Contents:

* Facing Up to Mike Weatherley’s Fearsome Gauntlet
* A Secret History of the City
* The CoolTan Arts Centre
* Watching the value of property melt away – Squatting in the U$A
* The Sacred Law of Private Property
* Informal Update on the Situation in Seattle
* The Story of Sabotaj
* Squat weblinks

Produced January 2o12.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF via zinelibrary..

#usingspace five – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 5

Issue five was devoted to a brief and incomplete history of squatting in Brighton, UK.
A more recently updated version exists at the (defunct) Squatters Network of Brighton & Hove.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF via northern indymedia..

#usingspace four – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 4

Issue four contained the following pieces:

– a visit to a squatted land project in central Amsterdam
– the UK national squat meet in Bristol,
– a rumination on social centres
– a large squatting action in Sweden
– a fotoreport from the Dutch national squatting day
– recycled newspaper reports

First published 2009.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF here or via zinelibrary or via northern indymedia..

#usingspace three – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 3

Issue three featured various short pieces taken from a range of sources.

These included: thoughts about the future of squatting; a report on the progress of the now defunct maelstrom centre in Leeds; a personal history of the ELF squat in Amsterdam.

First published 2007.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF here or zinelibrary or northern indymedia..