Our “Street Whiteboards” have been very useful in our efforts to make the dialogue about space more spatial. Like the stickers it documents keywords from previous stories and thus make the dialogue more dynamic and concrete.
It is gradually taking or appropriating the space and in turn, making it possibile to make it (or another space) more real.
They can be used as our own signage in a way that starts creating a situation where people can see that something unusual is happening in an otherwise well known space.
Here we use it at an outdoor public meeting
And an indoor public meeting
Our use of Stickers is linked to our mapping experiments. These include working with Yellow Arrows where the stickers had a unique SMS code. See a short (danish) movie here or read an article in NYTimes where our work is referenced.
We have an advanced portable printer so stickers can be printed out on the go. This is a more direct and fast way of communicating in and about public space.
First time we used it we were participating in the local market with a large map on a board that encouraged people to tell stories about places in Hedehusene.
The stickers would immediately document the stories – giving them some “weight” – and encourage people to comment on what had been said before them. A very simple way of showing how the same place can be seen in many different ways by different people.
On our tour through town we would use the stickers to tag the different places we stopped.
Or add QR codes that would link to stories that were documented on video. This one is a story about the nightmare of heavy traffic when they started to transport goods on big trucks instead of train transport.
Porosity refers to the existing physical or organisational structures that are open (unfinished) for new improvisations or initiatives. It also refers to the notion of “Spatialising the dialogue about space” or “making space more open for for dialogue” (and new improvisations or initiatives that we also call Offshoots)
One important inspiration for our work with Porosity is the essay of Walter Benjamin and Asja Lacis on Naples that they wrote together in 1925.
One example on how we worked with Porosity was the Open garden where kids could start building spatial experiments as a way of taking part in the dialogue on the future of that part of the city.