TALKATIVE GRAFFITI PROJECT
1 - Collecting stories and places
2 - Workshop: Emotional and physical mapping of the neighborhood
3 – Ephemeral documentation
The main goal of the project is to induce the participants to look at the chosen area with different eyes: places that usually remain unseen become the center of attention revealing their imaginary or material potential and get enriched with a new layers of values.
I sit on the corner of a wall, is always sunny there.
When I was a child I liked to believe there was a monster behind that wall.
In the first part of the project stories and places around/about/in the chosen neighborhood are going to be collected and discussed, with a particular attention on left behind memories and leftover spaces (roadsides, shores,...).
They can be daily life stories, memories, imaginary stories, utopian stories referring to past, present and future. In this way the neighborhood is represented in a composite participatory imaginary out of a real time.
The second part of the project is a walking tour, where each participant shares his stories in front of the places that inspired them. The story-telling creates a common emotional background that help the formation of a small community or the creation of networks between the participants.
Public spaces are what we share and what we have in common.
It is a virtual mapping of the area that involve the participants emotionally and physically at the same time.
Small mirrors are placed in walls in front of the places that inspired the stories to trace the tour, with small labels "history of ..., n.1,2,.." . This directs the attention of passengers to the same spots, in the hope they could be able again to provoke some new stories and ideas.
The objects are a temporary interventions and they will probably disappear with time, as stories that get forgotten.
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