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“Would You Like to Be More Like a Machine?” – Marginal
Sep 2016
Does WeAreEurope address the issue of public vs. private space? The free art event from 22nd to the 25th of September, by WeAreEurope this weekend in The Hague covers the issue of public and private space by the Stadsdeelkantoor on Schedeldoekshaven. But how effectively does it address public, and private space, the way artists intend? And is it integrated enough with all the different tastes, and musical styles that the Netherlands offers? Artists from Marginal and Refocus collaborated on the WeAreEurope project as a politically-driven art event in The Hague. The idea is contested by various politicians, and used for their own political gain, however the event is losing attraction. It has allocated areas for demonstrations, however, this protest has found a new way to emerge. Queing is addressed by social designers, and architects who described their experiences, and what the projects meant for them. Tagged as the #politicsofqueing, the concept was explored through questions asked to pedestrians walking by, with a “Yes” or “No”. 20160923_190951 “Ques are everywhere, from when you are trying to get a visa, to areas in traffic. It’s very democratic system, because you are able to get what you want, when you wait for it. But it’s also a form of control, because there are barriers. We’re also thinking of making a cue for a public toilet, to see if people are willing to pay for this, to drive deeper thought.” - Designer from Marginal. Although an artistic initiative, the connection from highly sought-after parties in Berghain, migrant policies, and even standing for a public toilet, and ques were pointed as important factors for Marginal, who conceived the idea of question. Some audience members were not very impressed with the art around them with the Public Space installation, while others found that it did make them think about it. Although a global initiative, and very internationally-oriented, certain factions of society may have been missing. This is in particular the black community, which the use of public space has been historically relevant to. Audio-visual performances are occurring in the midst of a heated debate between City Councils, and struggling artists trying to build careers, and find the funding to create performances in The Hague. One such artist is Hiroaki Umeda, who attracted many audience members to his audio-visual work, and artists using 3D technology. “The importance of space being used in cities like The Hague, and it needs a more livable, and communal space for social activities.”, says a designer from Marginal. Although not as many people came on the 23rd, many more arrived on the 24th to enjoy the installation, and learn about use of public space.

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“Would You Like to Be More Like a Machine?” – Marginal
Sep 2016 • Solo
Does WeAreEurope address the issue of public vs. private space?

The free art event from 22nd to the 25th of September, by WeAreEurope this weekend in The Hague covers the issue of public and private space by the Stadsdeelkantoor on Schedeldoekshaven. But how effectively does it address public, and private space, the way artists intend? And is it integrated enough with all the different tastes, and musical styles that the Netherlands offers?

Artists from Marginal and Refocus collaborated on the WeAreEurope project as a politically-driven art event in The Hague. The idea is contested by various politicians, and used for their own political gain, however the event is losing attraction. It has allocated areas for demonstrations, however, this protest has found a new way to emerge.

Queing is addressed by social designers, and architects who described their experiences, and what the projects meant for them. Tagged as the #politicsofqueing, the concept was explored through questions asked to pedestrians walking by, with a “Yes” or “No”.

20160923_190951

“Ques are everywhere, from when you are trying to get a visa, to areas in traffic. It’s very democratic system, because you are able to get what you want, when you wait for it. But it’s also a form of control, because there are barriers. We’re also thinking of making a cue for a public toilet, to see if people are willing to pay for this, to drive deeper thought.” - Designer from Marginal.

Although an artistic initiative, the connection from highly sought-after parties in Berghain, migrant policies, and even standing for a public toilet, and ques were pointed as important factors for Marginal, who conceived the idea of question.

Some audience members were not very impressed with the art around them with the Public Space installation, while others found that it did make them think about it.

Although a global initiative, and very internationally-oriented, certain factions of society may have been missing. This is in particular the black community, which the use of public space has been historically relevant to.

Audio-visual performances are occurring in the midst of a heated debate between City Councils, and struggling artists trying to build careers, and find the funding to create performances in The Hague. One such artist is Hiroaki Umeda, who attracted many audience members to his audio-visual work, and artists using 3D technology.

“The importance of space being used in cities like The Hague, and it needs a more livable, and communal space for social activities.”, says a designer from Marginal.

Although not as many people came on the 23rd, many more arrived on the 24th to enjoy the installation, and learn about use of public space.
Written 24 September 2016
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