Shutdown Program #15

Chiara Davoli, Leroy SPQR'DAM, Housing All. Counter Narration
Friday, February 26, 2021, 7 pm
With Chiara Davoli, Leroy SPQR'DAM, Anna Schiefer and Matteo Locci
Language: English
Platform: Zoom
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Chiara Davoli und Leroy SPQR’DAM, Detail from "Informa Urbis Romae", Digital Map, July 2020

in the course of the event series
Housing All
curated and moderated by Anna Schieder and Matteo Locci

In recent years dozens of empty and disused stable buildings have been recovered in Rome to meet the demand for housing from thousands of people and families. Through direct political engagement, mapping, writing and artistic interventions Chiara Davoli and Leroy SPQR'DAM's work enters the dimension of self-managed living, trying to overcome the stigmatization of the phenomenon from the perspective of the occupiers in which the principles of self-organization, solidarity and reciprocity regulate the spaces denied and abandoned by institutions and private interest.


Aged 13 Leroy SPQR'DAM with his crew makes his first wall in Pasolini's Pietralata: it will last a few hours but since then he will never stop trying. Over the years he occupies Metropoliz and 4Stelle with the movement for the right to the city. He has exhibited both in informal contexts, such as the SqEK meeting ad Hamburg, and in public institutions such as the Maxxi or the MoMA. He is currently teaching art in Rome.

Chiara Davoli
Chiara holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the Sapienza University of Rome. She conducted research and collaborated with a number of research institutes and is the author of various papers and essays. In her writing she has dealt with social inequalities, housing, right to the city and occupations for housing purposes. She is currently a Postdoc researcher at the University of Siena.

Anna Schiefer
Anna Schiefer is an artist and based in Stuttgart. She is founding member of the publishing house for handbooks (Verlag für Handbücher) and is currently a researcher at the art academy in Stuttgart. Her research is located between the performing and the visual arts focusing on usable objects and how around these social structures and subjectivities are formed. Anna Schiefer has been working in public programming at the Württembergischer Kunstverein since 2011.

Matteo Locci
Matteo Locci is a multimedia artist and a critical conjurer with an architectural background.
He recently completed his Diplôme Supérieur de Recherche en Art at the Ecole européenne supérieure de l'image and most of his research is carried out with and thanks to the interdisciplinary collective ATI suffix from Rome. Sitting at the intersections of popular history and art his work highlights the ways by which attention is triggered, produced, circulates, and disappears in the neoliberal participatory governance.

On the event series
Housing All
is a series of conversations investigating the lingering housing crisis in the city of Rome as a complex web where agencies of governance, activism, communities and artists have historically been entangled. The housing question is a battleground where public responsibilities and issues of publicness are acted out in the most private and vulnerable spaces. Diverse forms of public engagement developed important instances of sharing and rediscovered the collective and communal dimension of the city. Artist, architect and activist groups develop strategies of urban research and fight for inclusive policies while protecting 70 house occupations that are scattered throughout the Italian capital. Housing all maps fragments of these diverse and fluid networks in three online conversations.

The title of the series alludes to Savorengo Ker ("the home of everyone" in Romanes), an experimental project of collaborative building that took place in Rome in the Rom*nja camp of Casilino 900 coordinated and conceived in 2008 by the interdisciplinary collective Stalker / Osservatorio Nomade. A documentation of the project is currently part of the closed exhibition Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead: Una forma de ser curated by Pedro G. Romero and María García Ruiz.

Watch the documentary Once Upon a Time there was Savorengo Ker, the Home of Everyone here.

Housing All is curated by the Stuttgart artist Anna Schiefer and Roman architect Matteo Locci

All events in the series Housing All. About the activities of the Italian artist, architect and activist group Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade in the context of the housing crisis in Rome

Housing All. Laboratoria Circo
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7 pm
With Maria Rocco, Francesco Careri, Anna Schiefer and Matteo Locci
Language: English

Housing All. Counter Narration

Friday, February 26, 2021, 7 pm
With Chiara Davoli, Leroy SPQR'DAM, Anna Schiefer and Matteo Locci
Language: English

Housing All. Taking Clue from the Popular Schools

Friday, March 5, 2021, 7 pm
With Giulia Fiocca / Stalker, Anna Schiefer and Matteo Locci
Language: English

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