Open City Project
By: Wesley Pepper
The Open City Project approaches City space through the social reality of the streets as a dynamic place of experimentation and vitality. The project will see the construction and installation of wooden structures with artworks, layered texts, photos, images, maps of evictions and resistances - present, historical and imagined. Poets will aim to give a voice to those who are excluded and marginalised by the securitisation, privatisation and surveillance of City space, also highlighting the role of resistance and the creation of autonomous spaces.
We see the mushrooming numbers of evictions as echoing and reinforcing history as a violation of what it means to be human. The fact that citizens of a country do not own the land they are from, brings the logic of neo-liberal democracy into question: opening up a field of questions about our collective future, how we want to live, and how we get past the present.
Collaboration by: Wesley Pepper, Andrew Whisper and Paul Paunde.