The Needy the stranger and the idiot. A conference about public space - your-space
The Needy the stranger and the idiot. A conference about public space your-space
The Needy the stranger and the idiot.
A conference about public space
An initiative and project of Jozua Zaagman
Saturday December 12, 14:00
free entrance via Museum Restaurant
Jozua Zaagman introduces the topic and presents his work
TUE students display and debate the results of their public interventions, inspired on the work of Jozua Zaagman.
Lecture Jansen & Janssen, a critical research bureau into the operations of police and information services. www.burojansen.nl
After the conference, we'll depart to cultural initiative Wei, Where Jozua Zaagman and Anouk Parijs present their 'Montreal project'. www.wei.nu
Jozua Zaagman – The Needy the stranger and the idiot.
Our relation with public space is increasingly regulated; more privatised and secured. A tension arises between the opportunities of public space and the way we act within public space.
The work of Jozua Zaagman deals with our notion of public space, regarded as a confrontation with insecurity, as exposure, as vulnerability.
Public space is the opposite of privat(iz)e(d) space. Public space is not-controlled space. Public space is economically meaningless. Public space is the space of need. (Wim Cuyvers)
Public space is not just a place for the ones in need, such as the homeless or addicted; everyone becomes needy at a certain moment.
For three months, from september till november 2009, Jozua Zaagman used your-space as a basis for his research into the public space of Eindhoven. His research was done on foot. For his research he used topographical maps, but instead of walking the streets, He walked the north-south lines of the grid (the national coördinationsystem of the Rijksdriehoekmeting). He tried to walk those lines as straight through Eindhoven as possible; surpassing the streets on the map, surpassing the conventional routes of the city. While walking, Jozua will register traces of informal usage of space, indicating of this other notion of public space, and indicators of economic development.
Especially for the visitors of the Design Week, Jozua worked together with Maartje Dros on a shelter map. This map displays the truly shortest routes between the information points of the week, sneaky roads becoming conventional. They also mapped out the places where the architecture of the city provides protection. The visitors can use those places during their walk, if they are in need of shelter.
Made possible thanks to:
Fund BKVB and BKKC