Critical Spatial Practices St. Louis is a multi-platform convening that takes on the spatial politics of the city. Organized as an experimental, peripatetic conference linking a wide range of otherwise segmented institutions and audiences, CSPSTL constellates around a series of city-wide exhibitions addressing the entanglements between (sub)urbanism, landscape, and race.
As the second in the Divided City's Summer City Seminar, the conference brings together scholars and creative practitioners working at the intersection of spatial and political concerns, with a particular eye to the ways creative practice and historical research mingle in the fields of exhibition and institution building. Across a range of disciplines—art, architecture, geography, history, and urbanism—the participants all bring to the table a particular way of seeing, of responding to, and of communicating the imbrications of politics and space.
Central to the orientation of the seminar is building relationships among institutions, practitioners, and activists in St. Louis and beyond, and providing a platform for collaborative projects across the city. As a form of social practice itself, this paripatetic seminar will structure a convergence among institutions and projects in order to nurture critical dialogue around art, politics, and history in St. Louis. Our goal over the long weekend was to reflect upon, and to put into practice, a range of methodologies—historical, creative, architectural, geographic, etc.—that reorient our received ways of approaching the Divided City.