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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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#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..

#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 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..

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

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using space two

The story of a squatted street in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Two long articles and some fotos from the now-evicted project are included.

NOTE the second article is in Dutch, the first in English

Published in 2006, maybe. 24 pages including cover (a foto of our door with lots of luvverly stickers)

Download here or at northernindymedia or at zinelibrary

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

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using space one

From the vaults!

Issue one was released in November 2006.

It is A5 format, 24 pages with a cover and contains an account of various visited social centres in Europe, with an indepth profile of the Poortgebouw in Rotterdam.

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