Centre at Medinipur
Pending Torange getting a Visa (which at the moment is looking
grim) we will have more images about all three centres in West
Bengal soon, together with user group comments. We will publish
about the centres' development as social enterprises, skilling
local people to support and run them. The project which is a
multidisciplinary project with anthropologists, tourism experts,
artists and product designers ends later this year. We will keep
you posted. Thanks Banglanatak for making this all
And Best Wishes for 2011!
From Andreas, Kathrin and Torange
As a member of myvillages.org Kathrin
from public works is - together with Antje Schiffers, Thomas Sprenger
and Wapke Feenstra - working on
a year long project called "Vorratskammer" - a larder or also panty
in English. It's on invitation by the German
Federal Cultural Foundation for a programme and festival titled
which will go public at the Haus der
Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in August 2011. The "Vorratskammer"
gets literally stocked with food, drinks and related themes, which
will feed the visitors during the festival. Since myvillages.org
isn't a party service, but a group of artists, the selection of
what goes in the larder and how it's going out to the public is
highly subjective. The myvillages.org team sources food and
connections along existing interests and projects. Kathrin is
following up work related to female production, collaborative
product development and urban-rural connections. And she's agreed
to look after the drinks and meat for the growing larder.
Check the Vorratskammer
website for progress, content and collaborators.
public works will be going north for some
teaching and a lecture at
Belfast Queen's University followed by a trip to
Ballykinlar is home to the infamous Mobile Community Centre run
by the Forever Young Pensioners. We are very excited to be opening
International Village Shop in 2011 in Ballykinlar and
collectively produce a brand new local product.
Peter Mutschler from PS2
in Belfast who is working with Anne Marie Dillon from Ballykinlar
has been discussing an International Village Shop with public works
since we first met during the Rhyzom programme. Ann Marie who
initiated the mobile community centre wants different groups to bet
involved in thinking a joint product - to be launched during the
village fete in May 2011.
DiverCity: Culture and Architecture as a catalyst for a
Commissioned by The City of Gothenburg and Department for
Culture. DiverCity aims to set the framework for a discussion, and
to explore ways of working, and strategies for a future social and
cultural sustainable urban development. Looking at possible ways of
implementing culture, art and alternative spatial practices in
urban development with the focus on engaging the general public and
local communities in the exploration ofpossible ways to translate
urban and culture difference and diversity into architectural and
urban space. Aiming to catalyze a public debate on the future
redevelopment and regeneration of the city of Gothenburg. The
project consists of a series of public events: exhibitions,
seminars and workshops, and a series of publications following the
The seminars intend to catlyse a debate and explore notions of
the public, participation and the role of art, culture and
architecture in urban development.
Fellow speakers beside public works are:
Olga Tarrasso, Architect, Barcelona
Leonidas Martin Saura, Artist, Activist,
Dann Jessen / EAST, Architect, London
The seminar starts at 10am at the City Museum of Gothenburg on
the 11th of December 2010.
You can also follow the event on Facebook -
here (mainly in Swedish)
or you can check out the City of Gothenburg web page -
here (Swedish only)
There is also and article (in English) on the
Association for Design and Advertising website.