Spread the rug out on the ground that belongs to everyone and nobody. Take everything out of the bags you have brought with you. Now the game begins: the stage is on the banks of the tree-less city, there where the towering high-rises form a backdrop.
Such banks could be anywhere they are transitional zones. From the private to the public, from families to strangers, from ownership to no-man’s-land, from the everyday to leisure time. This is where imaginary buildings can be created without walls that can only be seen by those who have built them. At the same time, in the same place: talking to one another, eating, living a temporary city emerges: the picnic city.
In keeping with the transient pattern of its fundamental structure that is both carefully laid down and ephemeral, the delicate network of actions and relationships of its protagonists can be seen as the antithesis of the conventions and constructs of everyday urban life that simultaneously start to crumble.
Text: Dagmar Schott, translation: Christopher Wynne
Curators: Françoise Heitsch, Deniz Erbas
Advisory Curators: Beral Madra,
Dr. Cornelia Osswald Hoffmann