Barcelonan Okupas: Squatter Power! is the first book to combine close-readings of the representations of Spanish squatters known as okupas with the study of the urban. Vilaseca broadens the scope of Spanish cultural studies by integrating into it notions of embodied cognition and affect that respond to the city before and against the fixed relations of capitalism in order to explore the relationship between art and politics in Barcelona.
Barcelonan Okupas: Squatter Power! is the first book to combine close-readings of the representations of Spanish squatters known as okupas with the study of everyday life, built environment, and city planning in Barcelona. Vilaseca broadens the scope of Spanish cultural studies by integrating into it notions of embodied cognition and affect that respond to the city before and against the fixed relations of capitalism. Social transformation, as demonstrated by the okupas, is possible when city and art interrelate, not through capital or the urbanization of consciousness but through bodily thought. The okupas reconfigure the way thoughts, words, images and bodily responses are linked by evoking and communicating the idea of free exchange and openness through art (poetry, music, performance art, the plastic arts, graffiti, urban art and cinema); and by acting out and rehearsing these ideas in the practice of squatting. The okupas challenge society to differentiate the images and representations instituted by state domination or capitalist exploitation from the subversive potential of imagination. The okupas unify theory and practice, word and body, in pursuit of a positive, social vision that might serve humanity and lead the way out of the current problems caused by capitalism.
Introduction: Okupas and the Entanglement of Word and Body in Barcelona
The Wall Poem
1. Meet the Barcelonan Okupas (1997-2011)
The Originality of Okupas
Okupas and Indignados: A Strategy of Alliance
2. Okupación: Just Crime or Justifiable Protest?
Divisions within the Tripartite
3. Representations of Okupas by Non-okupas
Part I: Okupas, Catalanism, and Culture-Producing Factories in
El cor de la ciutat
Part II: Live, Laugh, Love: Squatting as Romantic Comedy and
Problem-Free Philosophy in El Kaserón
Part III: Between the Capitalist Monster and Monstrous Creativity:
Literature about Okupas
4.Representations of Okupas by Okupas
Part I: Nocturnal Politics in the Spanish film El taxista ful
Part II: Jump Out the Window with Vicente Escolar Bautista in
Libro de un 8/1 tumbado en el espejo (ocho cuartos de gasto…partido por uno)
Conclusion: Sharing Ideas: Okupas and the U.S.
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