Today, public space has lost its original meaning, that of a quintessential interaction and of a following dialogue. It has been replaced by an intellectually constructed public space (media, internet platforms, etc.) that renders the face-to-face communication restricted. The private has been overvalued towards the public space.
Coordinated by the artist, the participants intervene right to the physical border between public and private space, where transitional spaces, spatial experiences and balances are blurred. The participants, now performers, occupy every window and every door, every “doorstep” and every threshold of the buildings enclosing the square. Approximately 150 people are gathered, including residents, storeowners, students, friends and strangers, in order to activate momentarily the space through their intense presence. The private spaces (apartments, stores, offices) open simultaneously and human figures appear on the edges. Live music accompanies the ritual. For a few minutes, all performers embody this subtle experience of their momentary tenancy in these private spaces by translating the phrase ‘My home is open for you’ into a gesture. These gestures are directed straight to the square. People are concentrated in the center of the square and scatter. Everyday life continues.
MARKET SQUARE | WEIMAR | 2012
Performance duration: 5 min
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