Call#2 Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo
Call#2 is an artistic research project by Museum Van Bommel Van Dam in Venlo exploring urban housing and sustainability issues from an artistic perspective. Artists and designers were invited by this call to send a proposal for an intervention.
Demographic changes, such as migration to cities and decreasing populations, are usually regarded to have a bad impact on local living areas. In stead of offering a solution for this supposed problem, I wanted to offer a different view on this transition and explore the opportunities for the urban environment. I made a simple model of a specific living area in a village in Limburg that once was built as a social housing project for industrial and mine workers. In my model, every house could be picked and removed, leaving a void. A once private space could become a new public space.
I organised an experimental workshop with my model for the inhabitants, in which they were invited to remove every house they wanted and explore new possible public spaces. Street blocks could be erased and changed for green zones, collective gardens and playgrounds for children. The model and workshop proved to be an intervention that encouraged the imagination and creativity of the public to generate alternative ideas about their environment. A neglected area that was a waste dump for years was now imagined as a possible nature park. After the workshop, the ideas would be explored further by the inhabitants and local council.
(Photography by Zebra Fotostudios).