‘I’ve painted myself into a corner’ – Learning from the divide between ‘artistic’ and ‘anarchist’ squats in Paris
[slight edits 2017]
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
*’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
*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.