|Christian Segundo Matilde, Annick Senn, Brenda Sieber, Celine Signer, Noémie Sommer, Nils Sommer, Lisa Spagnoletti, Sara Spreiter, Stefan Stadelmann, Nicole Steiner, Liza Stoll, Aaron Streicher-Porte, Romy Streit, Salomé Studer, Marino Stupan, Pascal Sulser|
That means art interventions
|Gentrification shapes not only public space but also social space. In large cities around the globe, interest groups are forming to promote cultural space. Through citizens‘ initiatives that are not parallel to current legislation, social space is being shaped. Innovative projects are emerging in a variety of fields. Shared communities organize themselves, pop-ups emerge and art projects are implemented. In short, urban life is not only evolving as a result, it is also benefiting from it. Topics are brought onto the urban agenda from within society and opportunities for citizens to participate are designed. The innovative character of these projects enriches large parts of urban life in Rotterdam.|
Some videos from youtube introduce the topic
|Whilst improving the quality of life and people’s surroundings, hands-on art inventions enable a level of communal participation, implementing the public vision for the project. This is quite contradictory to the frequently used term “public art”, as this usually implies its installation at a physical distance. Touching or interacting with it is rarely allowed, hence negatively impacting the viewers‘ ability to connect to said object. (https://segd.org/participatory-public-art)|
Arguably one of the most famous hands-on art inventions is Burning Man. Located in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the festival/art exhibition is held in a dry deserted, and hot place, quite contrary to Rotterdam. It might still offer some insights into what inventions could fit the coastal city. As the name suggests, the Festival involves the exhibition of Murals and the burning of an effigy. The central aspect is ten principles for visitors to follow, including “participation, inclusion, gifting and leaving no trace. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man)
Another source of inspiration is Park(ing) Day which, like Burning Man, originated in San Francisco. The goal is the repurposing of parking spaces to cater to a broader range of public interests. At first, the parking space was changed to a public park for people to enjoy. (https://segd.org/participatory-public-art)
Last but not least, a great example of a hands-on art invention is the Art exhibition “Bad Ragartz”. It takes place in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, and includes many sculptures that are placed around the town, merging with its surrounding objects such as trees, bridges, walls or buildings. Partially as a visitor, you’re invited to interact with the sculptures or the artists themselves. But it’s not limited to visible things. With acoustic signals all around it’s an auditive experience as well. For both children and adults, a great adventure.
Ideas on the topic
The people write, illustrate wishes or draw caricatures on the floor of the square, this could be a kind of communication to the rulers
a public place where, on sundays, things that are no longer needed could be exchanged instead of paying → similar to the LeihBar in Bern maybe?
Dance group, young and old meet at a certain place in the evening to dance (style doesn’t matter)
Workshops for Kids,
Activities all around the subject of Sustainability
Raised Beds for planting
Residents can plant vegetables, herbs, etc. and all may use them
Mobile phone/PC workshop for over 70s
accompanied by young people who give a kind of „tutorial
Murals can be used to invite people to linger in places that are not appealing. Local artists or even residents can bring their art to the people on walls and streets, at the same time benches and other seating can be installed
Park benches with two seats where you can meet „strangers“ and start a conversation with them.