We Love Public Space Festival

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ZOHO Rotterdam

Zomerhofstraat

3032 CE Rotterdam

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WE LOVE PUBLIC SPACE FESTIVAL 2019 ‘ART AND PUBLIC SPACE’

Public space is the mirror of society. It’s the place where we perform our every-day cultural exchange. We meet, eat, party, play, demonstrate and clash in public space. With the international 'We Love Public Space' Festival (WLPS) we celebrate public space and pay tribute to everyone who is professionally involved in city making. The aim of the Festival is to establish an open conversation about how city makers deal with developments that determine the design and use of public space. The WLPS Festival is broadly orientated and freely accessible. It’s an open and dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience between city makers; from architect to artist, from designer to urban planner.

The third edition of the WLPS Festival focuses on the role and significance of the arts for public spaces. Like no other, the artist is able, apart from practical reality, to intervene in public space, to disrupt it, to question it and to place it in a different perspective. How and for what purpose do artists manifest themselves in public space? Which strategies do they use?

More and more artists, from a growing number of disciplines, consider public space as their field of work. They usually work inter- or multidisciplinary and move between areas of knowledge such as landscape, architecture, urban design and social sciences, as connecting parties. They use a wide range of approaches and their work is not always recognisable as art. There are artists who manifest themselves as social designers, with projects that demonstrate a great social commitment.

Public space offers the artist an excellent platform for a bottom-up approach in which the artist acts as an intermediary between the citizen, the government and a place. By involving the audience and encouraging the process of meaningful creation, co-creation arises.

Such bottom-up processes often require a long breath, whereby the result gradually, sometimes only after years, becomes visible. But the artist also asserts himself with short, temporary interventions where the emphasis is more on disrupting and questioning the public space; for example, by using performative means - performance, dance, spoken word - to dissect and explain the behaviour patterns of users of the public space.

Details about the programme will be announced on Facebook and the website soon!

The interdisciplinary team behind the WLPS festival consists of Floor van Ditzhuyzen (architect), Ron Blom (artist) and Martine Verwaaijen (urban geographer). We share a fascination for public space; we love public space! Team WLPS is representative for the various disciplines and views, approaches and strategies that are featured at the Festival; for city makers, by city makers.

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