MAS Context guest editors Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari, along with graphic designer Bobby Joe Smith III, and contributors Could Be Architecture, Ashley Bigham, Jennifer Bonner, and Sekou Cooke presented our issue dedicated to the topic of Vigilantism on Saturday, September 18, at 7 pm. The event, part of MAS Context’s 2021 Fall Talks series, took place at Principle Barbers (3820 W Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60623).
The Vigilantism issue explores spaces of vigilantism, both historically and today. What are the spatial dimensions of vigilante encounters, segregation, violence, and exclusion, or conversely emancipation, liberation, and inclusion? Threshold, circulation, private vs. public, and other architectural delineations of space have become the subject of much controversy as footage of sexist and racist policing of these spaces emerge. Beyond spatial dimensions, which regulatory, institutional, aesthetic, and material expressions of vigilantism does architecture condition? What is vigilante behavior in highly digital and post-digital space? In pop-culture? In new media? How do technology and design become means for cultivating and expressing those behaviors? How do contentious political movements respond to, and draw from, vigilantism? What are the micro-, meso-, and macro-level dynamics of sociospatial acts of violence? Can vigilantism ever be good? Liberatory? And what are ways aggressors, resistors, and witnesses take on characteristics of vigilantes?
The issue features contributions by architects, architectural historians, curators, designers, educators, policy strategists, researchers, and writers. The list of contributors include Emanuel Admassu, Laida Aguirre, Joseph Altshuler, Atelier Mey, Germane Barnes, Ashley Bigham, Jennifer Bonner, Galo Canizares, Sean Canty, Sekou Cooke, Krystina François, Jia Yi Gu, A.L. Hu, Demar Matthews, Katherine McKittrick, Zack Morrison, Jennifer Newsom, Cyrus Peñarroyo, Gary Riichirō Fox, Shawhin Roudbari, Andrew Santa Lucia, and Chat Travieso.
This event is a partner program of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Our thanks to Mark Waite for the photographs and Bobby Price of Principal Barbers for his support to this event.