LONELINESS IN THE CITY (Moenchengladbach, 1999-2000)

TRAVELLING PROJECT:
CBK DORDRECHT;
MUSEUM ABTEIBERG, MÖNCHENGLADBACH;
MACBA, BARCELONA;
KIASMA, HELSINKI;
MIGROS MUSEUM, ZURICH.
DONATED TO THE COLLECTION OF NMAC MONTENMEDIO, CÁDIZ

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In Moenchenglandbach the theme was Near Paradise. With the help of the Social Holding, a relation was established with five elderly homes in the city. The inhabitants joined the programme in the pavilion, together with performance artists, sociologists, policemen and architects. The events focused on visions of Paradise in daily life. Does it exist only in the afterlife or is it here and now?

Loneliness in the City is a long-term research project about loneliness in modern urban life. For a number of years this theme played an important role in the work of Alicia Framis and has been elaborated on in several different forms.

For Loneliness in the City Framis collaborated with the artist Dré Wapenaar to design a mobile platform as the a-topical place where artists, architects and the public could develop and exchange ideas. The oval-shaped pavilion or tent of approximately 12×9 metres contains five sleeping cabins for the participants; the rest of the tent is public space. The pavilion is a research laboratory where ideas are investigated and immediately tested in reality. At the same time it is a community space to meet and relax. An intensive programme of workshops, performances, special video programmes, music and interactive events was organized for each city, to tie in with local issues and participants.

From Mönchengladbach to Dordrecht, to Barcelona, Helsinki and Zurich, insight into the general causes and corners of loneliness gradually grew and alternative strategies for interaction between people in the city were devised.

The programme in Dordrecht concentrated on creating a-topical places – places that do not have a preconceived or predefined function or purpose. The workshops ended up focusing on conquering or claiming space. A public place can become private or intimate by giving it new functions or meanings; conversely, a formerly private space can become a public one.

Guests:

Aceohale/performance group Brussels, Amsterdam

Sonia Alhauser/artist Moenchengladbach

Carlos Amorales/artist Mexico, Amsterdam

Otto Berchem/ artist USA, Amsterdam

Ralp Berger/artist Moenchengl

Probst Erlemann/clergymadbachan Moenchengladbach

Safi Etheiel/v.j.Berlin

Dora Garcia/artist Spain, Brussels

Voebe de Gruyter/artist Amsterdam

Head of Police/Moenchengbadbach

Una Henry/artist Ireland, Amsterdam

Mark Kremer/critic, curator Amsterdam

Veit Loers/director Museum Abteiberg Moenchengladbach

Gerard Polhuis/artist Amsterdam

Sabine Stenhoff/interior designer Berlin

Helmut Wallrafen-Dreisow/director Social Holding, Moenchengladbach