2017 — 2018
The urban space contains a lot of mysteries. We use it everyday on our way to work; when we meet friends in the park, or exercising along the river. Many laws control the urban space, but often we are not aware of them.
Logically, we behave differently in public (urban) spaces than in our house, because we don’t have the feeling of that space belonging to us. Urban planning has made cities very generic and the tendency to make the public space ours has been lost.
‘Urban interventions’ is a series of three experiments initiated around the Matadero in Madrid, that explores the possibilities of the public space.
After a workout routine of actions in Usera and a research about conventions towards the use of public space, a new question arises; why is public space not public property?
How does people use the space in the circle?
After a week of observation about how people use the public space, I tried to mimick in a time frame of 1 hour different actions.
The challenge was to recreate and experience a series of actions in the city. Giving myself a one-hour limit, I had to find in this space the surrounding that had the best potential to execute the actions.
Time of the performance: 1 hour
But actually, what is public?
My new definition of a public space is a space which is normal, feels comfortable and is allowed to use.
‘Urban testing’ was initiated in a radius of one kilometer with Matadero as a center. Actions were repeated as much as possible in the public space and pictured.
List of actions:
The situations were classified according to three parameters: Normal – Abnormal; Comfort – Discomfort; Allowed – Not allowed
These parameters were chosen to define if an action in a space was considered as public or not public.
Time of the performance: 3x 20 minutes
urban testing book magazine version