The second phase starts with a public meeting where the map shows often conflicting interests or different views on the same place. This is our way of making the dialogue more constructive – to make people know about other peoples views and disagreeing in a civilised way.
We work out the important issues of the community and start seeing some patterns of possibilities. The dialogue and further stories are also taken to the streets in curated walks. People are free to join in and it usually leads to new stories.
A second public meeting is set in a place central to the local community – here it is a garden that used to belong to a old factory. We opened the garden for experiments before the meeting – inviting people to come with their ideas. Being, building and discussing it in the actual space makes the discussion about space more concrete.
For the actual meeting people would discuss new ideas and form networks around these – Or just build something themselves – for themselves.
Out of this second public meeting evolves a number of new localised networks and ideas.
In the first phase we get around town with our Street Kitchen so we can offer a drink or a bite – thats always a good way to make people stop and talk.
We write keywords on temporary signs or Street whiteboards and start to make the discussion about space more visible and part of space.
If there is a market or a public event we set up the street kitchen along with a map of the city. This usually makes people talk about memories, local conflicts and favorite places.
We print out stickers with keywords and stick them on the map. This documents the previous stories and encourages people to comment on these.
The wish to make a local market has been strong in Hedehusene for years but an art project that didn’t really have a market as its objective made local people meet and discuss the future of the town. Hedehusene has been loosing shops from the main street for years and the market thus fulfils a strong local wish for a more lively city.
Locally produced honey
At the opening the local mayor engaged in a fight with kids from a local roleplaying club.
When we started our CiTyBee “prototype” it was obvious to do that on the first market day in 2012.
A year after the opening of the market Supertanker made a “Do It Together – DIT” action there where we tried to design and build a prototype for a market stall “in and for public space”. This short movie documents the action and was used as our contribution to a conference “Urban Platform” organised by Citymine(d) in Brussels.
Our most popular tool is our Street Kitchen. It makes us able to get around and talk to people – hearing stories in and about space. And make this talk about space more spatial. By being there but also by putting up signs with keywords from the stories.
It makes people curious and with a bite or a drink there is a good start for telling stories. In one case we made a special coffee based on Chicory that referred to an old factory in town.
Our Street Kitchen was at the same time our tool box that we used to carry all our other tools such as our printer for stickers, video gear or street whiteboards.
For meetings we can produce a lot of food!