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A Dialogue with Public Space is a project to engage the general public with public space. I travelled around London creating a series of typographic interventions within the environment. These featured rhetoric statements which encourage questions about the nature and success of public space.

work by Robin Howie, check more about this project


okay, so in the UK apparently you are allowed to request a tape of public cctv systems (all written down in the Data Protection Act), if you can proof you are on there. you are even allowed to publish these images as long as you black everybody out except yourself. (help me here, what’s the band that made the video with everybody without a mouth, eyes etc. it’s not manic street preachers… but who is it then?!) a faceless future, basically, where everybody will be anonymous until you are a suspect. it is still innocent until proven guilty, but the line between random person and suspect is theoretically only a black circle away.

anyway, manu luksch discovered some poetry in this fact of instant anonymity and decided to turn it into a movie. in a faceless world, one day our protagonist wakes up with a face. startled with this fact, she goes out and tries to find out what this whole face thing is about.

cctv as a mean for producing art. who would have thought that? especially since, according to this article, there are certain neighbourhoods in london that do have a large number of cameras but little crime, making people propose to replace a lot of shitty cameras with a few that actually makes somebody recognizable instead of the stereotype suspect, an african-american male, 5 foot 10, grey sweater, baggy pants with a new york yankees cap that could also be a la dodgers one since they all look alike anyway nowadays.

trailer. i haven’t found a full version yet, but perhaps i can acquire one for xploretv.

enjoi. marten

archinect features an interesting interview with Nils Norman, a London-based (graphic) artist, who has now crossed the boundaries of his art and entered the realm of architecture and urbanism.

a few excerpts from the interview:

“I’ve tried to construct an interdisciplinary practice whereby I could do more fanciful Utopian proposals in a gallery or museum, but also push the working boundaries of these institutions with real projects.”

“I always wonder why architects see themselves in this old-school “genius creator” kind of role, much more than most of the artists I know do.”

“Why should all these public spaces be privatized? Was anyone asked if they wanted another ridiculous mall in their neighborhood?”

enjoi. marten

source wikipedia:Pall mall

Pall mall (pronounced pal-mal) or palle maille was a game played in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a precursor to croquet. The name comes from the Italian pallamaglio, which literally means “-mallet-ball”. It was played in a long alley with an iron hoop suspended over the ground at the end. The object was to strike a boxwood ball of about 1 foot (30cm) in circumference (about the same size as a modern croquet ball) with a heavy wooden mallet along the alley and through the hoop with the fewest hits possible.
Pall mall was popular in Italy, France and Scotland, and spread to England in the 17th century. The name “pall mall” refers not only to the game, but also to the mallet used and the alley in which it was played. Many cities still have long straight roads or promenades which evolved from the alleys in which the game was played. Such in London are Pall Mall and The Mall, in Hamburg the Palmaille and in Utrecht (NL) the Maliebaan. When the game fell out of fashion, some of these pall malls evolved into shopping precincts, hence the modern name of shopping centres in the USA: shopping malls[citation needed]; others evolved into grassed shady promenades, still called malls today.
The game, and its gentler descendent lawn billiards, is administered by the Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittles Club[1], and it has recently been revived by the Village CC[2] who have been asked to play it in the 2012 Olympics as a demonstration sport.

“REBAR is a collaborative group of creators, designers and activists based in San Francisco. Rebar’s work ranges broadly in scale, scope and context, and therefore belies discrete categorization. It is, at minimum, situated in the domains of environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity.”

these guys are the amazing creators of the amazing urban installation called Park(ing)

they actually mapped parking lots in san francisco, and made a masterplan for an even distribution of temporary green areas in the city during Park(ing) day.

the rest of the project was self-sustaining: anybody interested could pick up a roll of grass, pick out a parking spot, insert money in the meter and enjoi the good life.

enjoi. marten