Introduction: Porous City

Posted on January 5, 2009

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INTRODUCTION:

POROUS CITY sees the city of flows obstructions also as a city of accidents, shadows, parallel realities, diversity, fiction and imagination.

Across this year POROUS CITY will practice different ways of experiencing, sharing and articulating these realities. These ways will be of writing, performances, walks and interventions.

The interventions planned are experiments with our shared understanding of mobility, culture space/expression, autonomy and the temporary.

The public interventions which are able to relate to diverse groups of people through experiences which are not perceived to be motivated by developmental or other agendas or “good intentions.” The experiences of the interventions could be articulated and understood as play, a mela or a personal experiment.

A presence which doesn’t advertise or attract interest in spectacular ways but inspires curiosity or other motivations to participate. The broader question of understanding where the active public space in our city is today will be addressed also by the stories and narratives that POROUS CITY generates.

EXPERIMENTS:

  1. A human-powered vehicle (to be designed through an open invitation) will move along routes in Bangalore and tinker with different configurations of mobile cultural/open spaces.
  2. Land Dreams: An effort is being made to locate and map unused plots of land or plots with incomplete constructions and then negotiate with the owners if the land can be utilized for experimental purposes for a short time

[UPDTD March 24 09]

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