Monu #34 2021
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Even though our social media age marks a shift in form and forum, when it comes to “Protest Urbanism” there still seems to be a need for – and validity of – having physical bodies in a public space in order for a protest to have an effect, as Mabel O. Wilson argues in our interview “Learning from Protests”. Bodies occupying more
large spaces or marching through different types of arteries, be it streets or freeways, still appear to be central tactics for people engaging in political protest. It is the visceral encounters in physical spaces that trigger deeper and more emotional connections as Jeffrey Hou states in his contribution “Be Water: Protests in Liquid Public Space”. For Cansu Cürgen and Avsar Gürpinar physicality matters too as they demonstrate in their piece “Ambiguous Standards of Protest”, introducing real objects of protest into the discussion, such as bananas, hoodies, bras, and cloth hangers that became the symbols of the abortion protests in Poland in 2016. According to them these objects set the ambiguous standards of protest, becoming objects of Protest Urbanism.