Berlin - Germany, 2019
Realised and presented for the exhibition Function.Anomy organised at the Galerie-Rathaus Reinickendorf in Berlin, the project focussed on the urban exploration of one of the Berlin districts that is being lastly touched by the recent housing emergency and the consequent building fever. Cité Foch was built in the 50s as housing area for the employees of the French sector; the fall of the wall came with long-term political and administrative neglect. The exhibition found place in the town-hall responsible for City Foch district. To this public, that includes not only common visitors and citizens but also administrative and political referents, the project proposed a ludic, non-utilitarian experience of urban space exploration.
Exhibition visitors have been invited to pick up an envelope of the twenty created for the pilot project. The envelopes contained a pen and six cardboards – among them five guidelines and one introduction, where participants were specifically invited to use the guidelines in the way it best suits them, also twisting the approach suggested.
The guidelines proposed were aimed to the creation of situations (making use of small objects provided in the envelope or approaching bystanders), to question the concept of mapping (using a distorted map, taking directions with no predefined destination), to narratively approach the space (creating stories about the surroundings), to attentively observe the space (with detail photographs).