What are Manuals for Public Space? How to create the manuals?
Workshop with Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange in Dallas, TX, 2013
Workshop with students at Eastfiel College in Mesquite, Dallas, TX, 2013
“Pirate Toilets” Workshop with Piaskowy Smok Fundation in Katowice, Poland, 2013
Workshop with Napraw Sobie Miasto Fundation in Katowice, Poland, 2013
Workshop with Brama Cukermana in Bedzin, Poland, 2013
Installation at the threewalls Gallery, Chicago:
Workshop at the Lawn School, Tompkins Square Park, New York City, 2012
Workshop at Kamenné námestie, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012
Workshop at Rybné námestie, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012
Manuals for Public Space (MfPS) is a grassroots platform where citizens of different countries all around the world can exchange ideas about how to improve public space. Based in Open source, the ideas that come from this exchange are used to create printed and electronic manuals on how to, step by step, recapture public space and make it more accessible and respondent to community needs. On the other hand people are also encouraged to use some of the manuals created by others to their advantage. It is an multi-media piece that includes audio files from interviews and workshops, that I made with people about public space, actual manuals which arose from those workshops, and a blog where people can share their manuals, thoughts and ideas about public space. Project started in winter 2011 as exchange of the manuals between former “Eastern Bloc” countries and the United States. It is planned for a long term and opens up for everybody who is interested in participating. During this time will be accessible in several different public and gallery spaces all around the world. In December 2011 the project was exhibited in “threewalls” Gallery in Chicago. My aim is to develop a participatory grass roots community built around a small traveling Multimedia Library and a participatory webpage where citizens all around the world can freely exchange their ideas and experience about public space.
Rooted in experimental and alternatives to pedagogy Manuals for Public Space is about sharing of public knowledges, and experimenting how to bring knowledge into action.