Open/Closed
INTERVENTION IN PUBLIC SPACE, PUBLICATION
2014

The pictures are taken during the program De Winkel om de Hoek, curated by Rhizomatic – Project Space for Artistic Research


In 2014 Rhizomatic organised a series of projects called the corner shop, dealing with the hustle and bustle of North Amsterdam. It was shortly after the Dutch king declared a new era of political consciousness: the Participation Society. The cutbacks in public spending, brought on by the financial crisis, were presented by the government and the Amsterdam municipality as part of this "new society". In an awkward twist of fate policy makers now called on the civic duty of "helping each other out" as a way to decrease public spending.
Open/Closed reads into this new political language (that is oddly reminiscent of the language of socialism) and asks passersby about what it all means. Some of these old words with new meanings were brought to the streets as LED-sign in shops, where they were able to recharge.


For the interviews, see this link.


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