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Domesticity

Is public space a real living space or is are we just subject to the ows of circulation, events and consuming?
In the Autumn of 2015 we led a 5 day workshop at the Faculty of Architecture in Bratislava.
The aim of the workshop was to react on the theme of domesticity in public space by turning day-to-day objects into hybrids, so called „street animals“ through a design – build – deploy methodology.  It was important to question and examine the way we interact, or in most cases retract, from domesticating public space, introducing play and gathering as possible antidotes. Through the discussion with the students we also introduced the theme of fire as the oldest way to bring people together – by providing warmth and light.
The final day we made a small street action, moving the objects as a small parade and placing them in different settings and engaging with passers by to create temporary „living rooms“ in crossings and squares.  We built 4 objects. A large frame on wheels evoking the idea of „home“ as a window towards and into the world. A dating/pingpong table enabling love and games. A mobile re place providing comfort and remembering re as a symbol of gathering and sharing. A small kiosk/bar to provide food and drink.

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