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park(ing)Day Johannesburg

Park(ing) Day – Johannesburg 2013 was the first approach to provide temporary public open space and to join the global debate from a “World Class African City” – perspective.

Creative Team : Blanca Calvo, Io Makandal, Sumayya Vally, Marlene  Wagner

supported by : buildCollective.net, 1:1 – Agency of Engagement

To see all participants and activities CHECK OUT: http://parkingdayjohannesburg.wordpress.com

 

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ACTIVE CREATION

 The collective creation of space – in the form of benches and chairs to give people a reason to pause, linger and loiter !

In a DIY approach the public space is transformed into a workshop space and the active participation at the same time a gift to everyone ! The collective action creates a different space and exchange between participants not necessarily through talking as communication. Further aspect is the sustainability of these event-like intervention – to leave something behind, a layer of memory and time.

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PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH – WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO IN PUBLIC SPACE ?

In groups participants choose out of a huge catalogue of activites and produce their own stencil. While cutting informal discussion about activities in public encourage exchange. In the next step they choose an actual location in public space. The most wanted public activity at diverse spots around corner Juta/De Beer: public braai(ing) ! (local for BBQ)

Other chosen activities: public playgrounds, public hiking, public massage, public trading, public hairsalon, public sex, public music

 CHANGING PERCEPTIONS

Which activities gernerate which audience? Who is participating in which activities? What objects in public are percieved in what way and by whom? For example the set up of a “give-away” vegetable market immediately created discussion with and participation of a different usergroup. It referred to other spaces in the city and enforced debates around the topic of streed trade.

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photcredit: Blanca Calvo, Io Makandal Schiess