13th June 2009

Proposal No.13

Collective Lands

Through the demarcation of once private land used for defence and industrial uses, there is often a call for these areas to be used for public use and the decision process is often removed from those who will be ultimately using and living nearby.

What are the visions for these newly claimed areas and how do the visions manifest through city planning and architecture?
What political and economical power relations are governing the decision-making within this development, both nationally and internationally, and how will they be characteristic for these emerging sites?

James and Jones will curate a temporary exhibition project entitled Collective Lands. The ongoing development will reconstruct the former sites into a place for commercial enterprises, living, working and recreation.

James and Jones will invite three artist, as well as designers, architects and members of the public to create new works taking the transformation of these areas as a starting point.  The artists are invited to invest time in the area, gaining knowledge and an understanding the specific development process in these areas and imagine what impact this may have upon the wider local community.

In addition to the -projects, Collective Lands will contain of a series of seminars and workshops, accompanied by online-readers, sharing the knowledge, visions and ideas, parallel to the investigations of the development. The readers aim to follow Collective Lands on a parallel track and put focus on important aspects of the development along the process. The readers and discursive events will also act as tools for creating a common ground for ongoing investigations towards the public, artist community, developers, private investors and the future inhabitants.

Through these different ongoing and changing formats, Collective Lands will use the process around the city development to investigate questions around urbanisation, democracy, accessibility and distribution of power. Collective Lands aim to relate to similar processes that are happening in postindustrial cities, where re-defining and transformation of industrial spaces are a current tendency. The former harbours – meeting points between land and water, where cities originally where founded, are today more often re-developed into spaces for living, recreation, and culture consumption.

James and Jones want to engage artists and the public into thinking and intervening in the processes going on concerning in their community, both the site as it is today, the visions of what it will be, and what implications the whole process will have. They wish to facilitate art projects that take the development process as a starting point in different ways; projects that have a possibility to take part in it, and generate a public discussion on what these areas are, and how the definition of the city area is falling into shape and what power relations exist in this process.

M.James

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