What is Demonstrating Outdoor Tactics (DOT)?
The DOT (Demonstrating Outdoor Tactics) is a configuration for a mobile cultural space for Bangalore. It will be used for a diverse set of curated artistic and cultural projects proposed by the community of creative-practitioners and amateurs in Bangalore.
Station 1: A construction site in a residential neighbourhood
The first station in the journey of DOT in Bangalore in Tippasandra.
Location: http://is.gd/2bCDx, Opp Shishu Griha School, HAL II Stage, New Thippasandra, Bangalore
Dates: August-September 2009
What is happening now?
Key concepts, ideas and explorations: idea of play (spontaneous, planned), interactive and performative activities (set within neighbourhood contexts), expressions of space making/transforming (campsite, new spaces in house/yards/unused), expression through writings (fiction/knowledge generation/cultural diary), about the neighbourhood ecosystem (exploring representation, drawings, photographing, recording etc.), living systems (garbage/toilet related), nature of open spaces.
Notes about the context
Unemployed plots of land dream of things that they can do, how they can look, forms they can take. When they are actively traded and utilized in the market and society, only a narrow range of functions get performed on them. They, on the other hand, remain unfilled. The markets bind the land in the roles it wants it to play. This construction site in Thippasandra’s residential neighbourhood belongs to the University Women’s Association, Bangalore (UWAB). The site is temporarily unemployed as the project requires a further infusion of money. UWA is currently working at raising funds to soon be able to resume construction again. In its current state of being temporarily unoccupied, it is dreaming of the roles it can play in the neighbourhood.
The DOT’s being at this site across August and September 09, will be a kind of nomadic urban camping ground, space which offers refuge, platform, visibility and possibility to a range of conversations initiated by artists, activists, architects, researchers and others. In a way, it is channelling the dreams which space might have dreamed of and giving form and language to them in different ways.
Curatorial Theme: Children And The City
“Children and the city” is the broad theme of the proposals selected for happening in the DOT in 2009. The theme emerged out of conversations about children and their perceptions of the city. As a part of this theme, we hope to demonstrate some processes in which children can be more than mute, passive spectators and actually have an active dialogue with the city. In a way, the concept of child rights is being re-looked and the ideals they have embedded in forms which find an expression in our everyday lives.
Adult citizens are able to organize themselves in lobbies to shape the city in the direction of their convenience. Children are mostly not represented in this process. How can their needs and imaginations find articulation in urban forms and designs? How deeply can they shape their own modes and mechanisms of representation with adults only as friends and facilitators and not necessarily the intermediaries?
Play, self-learning, communication, exchange and ways to facilitate their own desires are going to be the key concepts shared amongst most of the projects as a part of the DOT (demonstrating outdoor tactics) in August.
The DOT process is trying to explore how negotiation and mutuality as values can open up spaces to cultural practices which maybe do not just address their niche and limited audiences but converse more actively with the neighbourhood they are situated in.