Temporary Autonomous ZonesDecember 10, 2013 3 Comments
“A Temporary Autonomous Zone is a liberated area of land, time or imagination where one can be for something, not just against, and where new ways of being human together can be explored and experimented with. Locating itself in the cracks and fault lines in the global grid of control and alienation, a T.A.Z. is an eruption of free culture where life is experienced at maximum intensity. It should feel like an exceptional party where for a brief moment our desires are made manifest and we all become the creators of the art of everyday life.”
This definition has become the guiding light for my colleague Maanav Thakore and I as we collaborate on the design of a cultural vitality network here in Boston.
We devote our time to designing and facilitating spaces that allow people to pursue justice, social transformation, in a more creative, collaborative way. The TAZ is a lot more than that, but in some ways it is the logical conclusion of our work.
We can only fight for freedom if we’ve had a taste of it. A TAZ generates the experience of liberation. We feel a freedom that is but a temporary state, it is not permanent, but it grounds us in the very future that we are working to create.