The Politics of the Meanwhile Space:
Between Asset and Eyesore
Join MoMS for an online discussion around the politics of using what has come to be known as ‘meanwhile’ spaces.
With Covid having served to increase the number of empty retail units on high streets and in shopping centres sitting, how might we think about the future of these spaces? What lies behind governmental calls to ‘activate’ empty spaces? How might artists use empty space without contributing to cynical placemaking schemes that increase property values and eventually displace long term residents from an area? What might these spaces be used for?
These are some of the questions we will address as we consider the future of the empty spaces of retail, and the politics and practices of temporary urbanism.