A durational intervention
The overall aim with the art-project is to re-imagine and map the role of the local citizen. This role is still safeguarded in the Danish legislation, but has gradually lost its actual importance.
In Concerning a Meadow, the park and the cloud-burst protection plan are introduced as a case. It serves as a mere reason for testing the imagery of the local citizen, and to restage the direct local public conversation between a broad range of people and professions linked to a given urban area. Could we reimagine this role? Could we co-produce examples of a deeply local publicness?
To begin with, from October 2019 – October 2020, Kerstin Bergendal initiated a series of non-planned video-dialogues/ portraits with residents and/or other local agents from within the close vicinity of the park. Each conversation was edited into 8-10 minutes long videos. Through each film, we are introduced to a lived experience of the park and a view of the everyday life in the urban area. (See these short films here).
The artist does however not invite participants only to express their opinions. She also momentarily invites them to meet in open and unprogrammed direct actions or haptic exchanges, aimed to give the opportunity to stand in the shoes of the Other. A series of improvised actions in the park or in the vicinity of the park support this exchange, as do assemblies around maps and models of the park. These activities will temporarily become a physical part of the park, through the addition of a co-produced pavillion / potting shed, mounted from April 2021 – 2024.
The artist does not take part in any defining or decision-making concerning the future park.
She maintains an alternative parallel space for the slow and durational enquiry, introduced as a different local hearing phase. Activities and conversations are continually documented, edited and re-circled among participants to secure a continued open development in the dialogue.