Radical Rituals

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Radical Rituals is a traveling survey along the 45°N parallel, between 45°N 1°W and 45°N 35°E, carried out by architects Alkistis Thomidou, Berta Gutiérrez, Lea Hobson and Giulia Domeniconi from the forty five degrees collective. This research and collection work, presented at the Maison de l'Architecture Occitanie-Pyrénées, aims to identify new saptial practices and vernacular rituals that stimulate and nourish the commons across Europe.

Radicals Rituals explores collaborative actions as so many elements that allow us to rethink our methods and vocabularies around the production of space. This research follows an imaginary line: the 45ºN parallel, which crosses Europe, from the Atlantic coast to the Black Sea. Field visits to these fundamentally collaborative initiatives and exchanges with local actors make it possible to identify a certain number of rituals: fairer spatial practices that tackle local challenges, strengthen the potential for collective action and allow to achieve systemic change. These rituals are called radical because they are highly transformative and point to possible futures. They address, from the local context, global issues affecting climate justice, gender, biodiversity, degrowth or even solidarity.

Radical Rituals 45°N 1°W - 45°N 7°E is a cartographic approach and a tool used to explore part of the French territory through rituals and tactics emerging from local initiatives. During this trip, the experiences and data collected - the region, the landscape, local practices and initiatives - are presented at the Maison de l'Architecture Occitanie-Pyrénées in order to share different ways of thinking differently about the practice of space.