Of Other Spaces, Heterotopia


DECEMBER 9th, 16th, 30th, 2013 + JANUARY 6th, 13th, 2014

This five week class is a cross-pollinated investigation of other spaces. Pulling from texts and visionary architectural drawings, we will look at centuries of variant trajectories within which humans have articulated other spaces, be it utopia, heterotopia, or other-wise.

We will begin with Michel Foucault’s “Des Espace Autres,” the basis of a lecture from March 1967, later published by the French journal Architecture in 1984. Throughout the course we will meander through the writings of David Harvey, Jean Baudrillard, and Hakim Bey, and discuss spaces understood as “other.” This course is organized by Jonathan Rajewski and michael phillip brown.

Week 1: Of Other Spaces, Heterotopia (Michel Foucault)

Week 2: The Right to the City (David Harvey)

Week 3: Part 3, T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism (Hakim Bey, aka Peter Lamborn Wilson)

Week 4: Dialectical Utopia (pgs. 31-33), The Ephemeral (pgs. 33-36), Technics of Social Practice (pgs. 51-61), and Utopia Deferred (pgs. 61-64) (Jean Baudrillard) *PDF no longer available.

Week 5: Digital Zapatistas (Jill Lane) and Out to sea, out of mind (Al-Jazeera, January 4, 2014)

Class will take place on Monday’s in December (9th, 16th, & 30th only) and in January (6th & 13th only) from 6:30p to 8:30p at Public Pool on 3309 Caniff Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212.

For more information e-mail [email protected].


Top image: Project for an Isaac Newton memorial by Étienne-Louis Boullée. This image is in the public domain.

Bottom image: The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder. This image is in the public domain.


A Very Brief Introduction to the Literature of Free Schools / “Radical” Education


NOVEMBER 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

This four week class is intended to provide a brief introduction to the literature of free schools/”radical” education. It will start from Ron Miller’s historical overview of key thinkers and practitioners before proceeding to selected excerpts from diverse writers such as Paulo Freire, Chris Mercogliano, Jonathan Kozol and Henry Giroux. It is not intended as a comprehensive survey of the subject rather as a starting point for further study and discussion. A course pack of material will be made available online via the comments section below shortly. This class is organized by Steve Panton.

Class will take place every Monday in November (4th, 11th, 18th & 25th) from 6:30p to 8:30p at Cafe 1923: 2287 Holbrook Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212. For more information e-mail [email protected].

Image: The NYC Modern School, circa 1911 – 1912. This image was the cover of the first issue of “The Modern School” magazine. This image is in the public domain. 


Painting & Making with Kids at Klinger Studios


Over the past couple months artists at Klinger Street Studios have opened up their workspaces in conjunction with Hamtramck Free School to offer hands-on building lessons and “open-paint” sessions. If you’d like to help HFS organize a youth-related program, e-mail us at [email protected].  Above: A sew and dye workshop in Danielle Karmo’s studio during the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Fest, 2013. Below: Hamtramck residents posing with their freshly painted basketball backboard. At bottom: Xsavior preparing a painting outside.



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Reading of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle


This class is a reading group centered on discussion of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle.  We will read the text together as a group during each meeting and discuss the implications of Debord’s analysis for our contemporary situation.