“White Bicycle Plan” on the front- and the backside of the magazine Provo, Amsterdam, 1967 © Provo​

Lecture: Alan Adams Smart (OAT)

“Provo’s "White Bicycle Plan": Collisions and Convergences”

The Provo’s “White Bicycl​e Plan” (“Witte Fietsenplan”) is among the better known of a series of “White Plans” organized by the Provo movement - Amsterdam’s contribution to the array of subcultural insurgencies of the late 1960s. At once performance art, street theater, radical provocations, and more-or-less practical planning and policy proposals, white plans traversed aesthetic and political categories which had been  aligned by modernism, but were then being destabilized and put under pressure. Concretely, the “White Bicycle Plan” was a simple proposition for a bicycle sharing program, presented as a Fluxus style happening event for which a printed pamphlet provided a script or score. This, however, was used to create an intersection between a critique of technocratic planning, a conceptualization of urban space in ’late’ post-Fordist, semi-capitalism, and a positing of new political subjectivities. By annotating its antecedents, the “Fietsenplan” can be used to understand how its historical context and its future—now contemporary—city, are prefigured. 
Alan Adams Smart is a designer, publisher, and researcher practicing independently and as part of the collective Other Forms. He studied Architecture at Princeton University, at the University of California Berkeley, and has taught at architecture and design schools around the world. He is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago. ​

The lecture of Alan Adams Smart is part of the public lectures Degrowth Histories

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Venue: AHO
Address: Maridalsveien 29

Contact: OAT