[artinfo] launch of project about rotterdam architecture

laurie hb lhb at movinginplace.net
Tue Dec 13 11:27:21 CET 2005

beingthere.v2.r'dam.05 launch event  (program)
date:  18 Dec 2005 15:00-17:00
admission:  5 euro
reservation:  welkom2rdam at movinginplace.net

LAUNCH EVENT of beingthere.v2.r'dam.05

  Bus tour on Sunday 18 December 2005, 15.00-17.00 uur
  Beginning and end point: V2_Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
  Reservations are REQUIRED: welkom2rdam at hotmail.com
  Admission: €5 [Complimentary spaces for press may be available]

Artist laurie halsey brown will launch beingthere.v2.r'dam.05 during 
the finissage weekend of INFRActures. A bus tour through the city will 
create a synthesis with the surrounding urban environment and heighten 
an awareness of the city's identity.

The bus tour includes an onboard experimental documentary of local 
architects discussing the validity of the city's slogan "The City of 
Architecture", with a focus on 10 sites built by local architects: 
Schouwburgplein [West 8], Putselaan [De Nijl Architecten], 25kV [Mei 
Architecten], Van Nelle Fabriek [renovation: Wessel de Jong 
Architecten], V2 Lab [Lars Spuybroek/NOX], Purifying Plant/Smoke 
Cleaner [Maarten Struijs/Gemeentewerken Rotterdam], Lijnbaan [Van den 
Broek en Bakema], Fast Ferry [Daf], Maashaven O.Z [Bekkering Adams 
Architecten] and Stadstuinen/Kop van Zuid [Joke Vos Architecten].

This event also includes access to a public intervention project placed 
throughout the city, launch of net.art piece welkom 2 r'dam as well as 
stopping at two of the sites for 'architectural' food.

  beingthere.v2.r'dam.05 is an intra-disciplinary project which includes 
components that will also be shown after the launch event:

  Localiteit en Identeit: an experimental documentary that will be shown 
on the bus tour, and shown in the future in an installation format. It 
includes interviews with 25 local architects, politicians and academics 
and gives a compelling portrait of the past, present and future 
identity of the city of Rotterdam in 2005.

  PUBLIC DOCUMENT: a 30 min. experimental documentary that focuses on 
author/user dialogue in relation to the 10 sites that are the focus of 
the bus tour.

  welkom 2 r'dam: A net.art piece that uses the language and strategies 
of a tourist site, it is designed to 'promote' dialogue about Rotterdam 
identity; e-mails from the public will be uploaded in relation to 
public invention and launch.

  Poster/Brochure + Public Intervention: Posters will be placed 
throughout the city to surround 10 locally built sites stating that 
'the building was built by a local architect' and that r'dam has the 
largest quantity [and quality] of architects of any other city in the 
world but that very few of these architects build for the city. The 
poster asks the public to reflect on how this locality issue affects 
the city's identity and will connect with the net.art piece in which 
dialogue about the identity of the city will be uploaded. The poster 
becomes a brochure when folded: using the language and strategies of 
tourist materials, it creates a'visual map' of the identity of 
Rotterdam and includes interior and exterior images of locally built 
architecture: photographs by the artist, quotes from the architects and 
text by Dennis Kaspori.

  This project is funded by Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur.

  laurie halsey brown is an intra-disciplinary artist and 
hybrid-practitioner from New York presently based in Rotterdam, the 
Netherlands. Her artistic process as a 'mediator' in relation to 
architects and the public realm facilitates dialogue, heightens 
awareness of the daily experience of architecture and empowers the user 
towards establishing their voice in how architecture is designed. In 
correlation to this, being there projects investigate place and a 
psychological, experiential relationship to space.

More info: http://www.movinginplace.net/beingthereinfo

Press contact: laurie halsey brown gsm: 06.1426.2961

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