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Fragment of the exhibition “För en Teknik i Folkets Tjänst!” © Photo: Björn Gustafson

Lecture: Felicity D. Scott (OAT)

“Don’t Trust the UN Conference”:  
PowWow and För en Teknik i Folkets Tjänst!​

The lecture will revisit För en Teknik i Folkets Tjänst! (For a Technology in the Service of the People), an exhibition of alternative technologies staged at the Moderna Museet Filialen by the Stockholm-based collaborative PowWow, on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in the summer of 1972. PowWow’s contribution ran directly counter to the consensus politics and circumscribed set of environmental issues sought by the UN for the Stockholm Conference, standing as a remarkable attempt to open up a new type of political conversation about alternative, “soft,” or people’s technology. Moreover, against the prevailing ethos of development, and the reorganization of the larger milieu to integrate into a global economic paradigm, PowWow sought out strategies of cooperation, independent economic development,​ resource conservation, and other “activities subversive to the capitalist system.”​
Felicity D. Scott is Professor of Architecture, director of the PhD program in Architecture and co-director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at Columbia University. Her books include Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (2007), Ant Farm (2008), and Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-Insurgency (2016).​
Felicity D. Scott’s lecture is part of the public lectures Degrowth Histories.

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Venue: AHO - A2 - Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Degrowth Histories / Dealing with It / Academy / Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT)