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Squatting. A film by Larisa Matteissen

Release date 3rd of February 2009
1 hour 25 minutes


Article on squatting in London in a Spanish mag, in Spanish with pictures.

English text translation

Spaces disappearing for Geneva’s alternative culture

Geneva’s alternative scene is facing major problems. Throughout the eighties and nineties, there were more squats per capita than in anywhere else in Europe. And artistic activity filled these places. Now that is all changing. Squats full of artist ateliers and venues are being closed down to make way for more condos and green spaces. Young artists may soon have no place left in the city.



ALVORADAda foi um espaço autônomo temporário dedicado a contra- kultura e a vivências e praticas AnarcoPunk-Squatter,
foram 40 dias de subversão e anti-arte contra a propriedade privada no mais puro principio D.I.Y. – Faça Você Mesmo.

Contested places: Squatting and the construction of `the urban‘ in Swiss cities

This paper examines urban social movements through a case study directed toward housing and urban culture in Berne,
Switzerland. Urban movements set the stage for ways of understanding, interpreting, and challenging unspoken norms in
city life. Taking an actor-oriented perspective, I focus on subjective motivations in forming a collective movement and relate
these to a wider context of social change. The study is based on qualitative interviews with former squatters and participants
in the movement.