A gathering and dialogue in collaboration with artist Allyson Packer and her installation Provisional Park, which converted Co-Prosperity Sphere into an ephemeral indoor greenspace assembled from borrowed houseplants. Coming together for a ploughman’s lunch in a simulated space of nature, where the public realm of a city park has been folded into the semi-private domain of the gallery, bracketed a series of discussions and exchanges about the loss of a “commons”, and how we might reimagine and revitalize that depleted space in a contemporary context.

“The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization.” (David Harvey, “The Right to the City”, 2008)

(photo by Allyson Packer)