intro’d to the term via Pascal Gielen here:


“We need friction instead of consensus and culture instead of economics” | Social City

It is precisely this dissensus that can hold a society together, because it presumes a great deal of trust in the other.


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we should learn to deal with dissensus, instead of trying to ‘solve’ everything through consensus. We need to avoid consensus, because it is excluding. Those who don’t fit the consensus, are truly left out. Dissensus, however, respects different perspectives and always holds the possibility that we see or realise something that we hadn’t noticed before.

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This also means that our ways of attributing meaning can continuously change. That way we can escape our current conservative model, which confuses a state of culture with a state of nature, as is happening both in politics and mainstream media. Here, the free market is perceived as a natural given, as well as the financialised society. There must be values that are worthier than a balanced budget. Current acts of terrorism, and least as much governmental responses to it, show that some things are more important than a balanced budget. Unfortunately this doesn’t count for the care of elderly or disabled, to name just one example. If we would look at this from a cultural perspective instead of an economic one, we would understand that the world could always be different. And that’s the point. If we would embrace commonism, we would create an enormous sense of possibility and cultural freedom.

Interrupting the city 2016
Pascal starts at 1:08 to

Org in city…idea of sameness
Public space is space of disorder. find your place again. avoid senseless violence
Fighting…screaming. make sense
1:18…you can org…blueprint…but people re use strategies

all so Jane Jacobs ish

making place…by reusing it
City set up to give fixed places to artists. .monumental cities
Try to change rigid structures 60s
End of 70s and 80s.. architectures see this and we get creative city… but repressive.. because govt tries to org it… engineer and box in creativity
So develop stayegy…planning an d myth if planning… to try to own it
2000 2002..progressives pushed away… then very oppressive situation
Do we want this….?
It’s a fixed position..thus creative entrepreneur
We can create something else…

a nother way

living in a space that’s always changing…..I call it 1:29 – commonism… via lessig ( stallman)..not free beer but free speech
Culture is substructure…. you gave power what city..econ…looks
We can change economy because culture is the base
1:31 – Commonism isn’t about community… rather dissensus
1:32 – Not anymore fixing identities . but becoming a citizen again and again and again
Art feeds this…

Artist isn’t problem solver but problem maker.
Letting a lot of voices make it again and agai


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(3 min video on commonism)


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