Lahore-Hosted by the Goethe-Institut Pakistan, the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF), Beaconhouse National University and the Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), City in Contextsuccessfully concluded day 01 at the Alhamra Arts Council Lahore.

The first day of City in Context was a mixture of discussions, exhibitions and lectures bringing together artists and architects, musicians, activists, urbanists and various other practitioners from diverse fields of study.

Specifically, Day 01 was themed Urbanities – Art and Public Spacen Pakistan which is a critical exploration of the urban. Throughout 2016, the project incited discursive and artistic contributions and interventions related to Pakistan’s multidimensional urban space. Germany-based and Pakistani artists were invited to engage with Karachi and Lahore in an artist residency, and German-Spanish architecture collective carried out an investigative research project on informal urban design practices and collective technologies. The symposium presented research and works produced during the residencies, complemented by a series of engaging talks, performances and a workshop. International and local urbanists, artists and activists will recollect once more “the right to the city” in notions of community and practice, activism and public art, environmentalism and contested space, along with multiple meanings of mapping.

The first day of the symposium endeavored to discuss and expand existing ideas and projects pertaining to the multifarious aspects of the urban realm, and to explore the wider connections that they draw with the world of art.