Chairs

We will take a chair with us and the local people will be asked to bring their own chair to the place they want to talk about. We will look for a good place to put the chairs, sit down together and talk about the place. This interview situation will be documented with a video camera which will also consider the place as a whole. This procedure will be the same in every place where we stop to meet people.

Activities

We will go by train from Berlin to Ankara and stop in each capital along the way and also at each border station. At each stop we will meet local people and ask them to show us a specific open space which has a significant role in their everyday life. The place doesn't need to be well known or a specific sight of the town, instead the focus of this project is much more on the hidden, small spaces that are usually only of relevance for the people who really live in that particular place.

The Idea

The idea is to get back to an ant's perception of space: not literally but in the sense of focussing on the individual's perspective on urban open space. Planners and politicians like to use rather abstract terms such as nature, landscape, space, identity, well-being or culture although the idea behind is mostly nothing more than simply "living in a particular place". We try to come back to the very beginning of identiy in space: peoples' daily circuits, their routined perception and "use" of space and specifically the role of open space in this context. The project does not aim to provide an empirical sociological survey on perception of open space - but to raise the debate on the question how to bring the concern for landscapes back to the people.