Public space is increasingly becoming pseudo-public space (reference). Identity requires a truly common space. Current, widespread sense of crisis in identity across Europe, which is often countered by nationalism, is arguably – at least partially- rooted in the organization of space (reference? Non places).
Previous attempts to create ideal common spaces have been limited in their success due to classical top-down approaches, where designers who are external to the spaces itself are primarily focused on the shaping of physical structures.
Instead, the Ideal Spaces Working Group is concerned with creating mechanisms to generate ideal spaces, rather than the design of actual, physical space.
These mechanisms can take the form of formats or platforms to exchange ideas, tools for shared or common design, and strategies for collaborative resistance in existing spaces.
-interactive exhibitions where audiences are invited to imagine and shape ideal spaces
-multimedia artwork that stimulate new perspectives on existing and conceptualized ideal spaces
-interdisciplinary research events for exploration of specific themes through discussion and collaborative practice. These events will integrate artistic practice, humanities research, and engineering in technology.
Starting points (backgrounds for our objectives)
One starting point for these endeavours are successful aspects of historical designs for ideal spaces in terms of their communal aspects; these communal aspects – inter alias – depended on the gestalt of these spaces
Another point of departure is a reimagining of types of spaces that have historically often been considered as dystopian spaces (e.g. rubbish dump, slum…). Certain spaces have historically been labeled as dystopian by those in power due to their unruliness, impossibility to be controlled, or resistive potential.