Sampling images of public life in Charlois. On going project in collaboration with Cristina Ampatzidou, Rotterdam 2007/2011.
Together with an architect and urbanist we made a simple, yet multilayered workshop, in which inhabitants of Charlois, a neighborhood in the south of Rotterdam, are invited to participate and share the spaces they use and the movements they perform in daily life: the places they think are interesting or safe and the one they feel insecure or ugly. We realized a series of workshops called Mental Charlois, consisting of tree steps:
- a questionnaire to be answered in writing
- the mental map
- the tracing of the routes on the real map
We choose these tree different steps in order to give to everyone the possibility to express themselves in the way they feel more comfortable. The collection of the maps was just concluded this autumn and in 2011 we are going to work on the outcome of the workshops. We have collected about 150 maps, and from their analysis we would like to find out which areas result as empty spots, like places that no one visits or where people feel threatened, and continue our research with on site field work, interviews, video or photo documentation, which will give life to a publication that could be used as a starting point for an urban design competition, or for a specific proposal to the municipality, coming directly from the inhabitants rather than the office of an urban developer.
This work was made possible with the support of St. Kick, St. Nrc, DKC, Museum Rotterdam, Veldeacademie-TU Delft and Mya - Nac cultural fonds.