Keller Easterling

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The curators of the U.S. pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale—Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger, and Iker Gil—established a framework exhibition titled “The Dimensions of Citizenship” that explored seven scales of citizenship: Citizen, Civitas, Region, Nation, Globe, Network, and Cosmos. They commissioned MANY to address the network scale.

MANY is a global commons that facilitates cooperation and migration through an exchange of needs. It serves people who might say, “We don’t want your citizenship or your victimhood or your segregation or your bad jobs. We don’t want to stay.”

Working around national obstructions, MANY reflects the persistence of resourceful people making secure group-to-group connections. Shorter project-based journeys that trade in non-market exchanges of time and training are generated and aggregated for global credentials.
There are no haves and have nots, and no solutions—only needs and problems to put together.

MANY is a heavy information system that exists to build spatial networks and cosmopolitan mobility. Cities can bargain with their underexploited space to attract a changing influx of talent and resources—matching their needs to the needs of mobile people to generate mutual benefits.
See also:

MANY contributors
Kate Altman
Nilas Andersen
Michelle Badr
Jacob Bendicksen
Brian Cash
Santiago Del Hierro
Neil Donnelly
Adam Feldman
Nicholas Herrera
Paul J. Lorenz
Mariana Riobom
Radhika Singh
Dina Taha
Maggie Tsang
Julie Turgeon
Shuyi Yin

Ayham Ghraowi
Bernd Kasparek
David Kim
Ahmet Ogut
Kim Rygiel
Pelin Tan

Institutional Support:
Yale School of Architecture, Dean Deborah Berke
Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design, Director Vincent Wilczynski

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