Urban Space Video Walk 2017

Topic: common space/private property



Foto: Anika Füger

For our 3rd Urban Space Video Walk we invited filmmakers, video artists and friends of the moving image to send us their short films focussing on "community" and "privacy" in its different dimensions to screen them with the help of temporarily installed pop-up cinemas into urban spaces. With our night walk through Düsseldorf city we visit different places of urban community, cooperation and encounter, and discover private areas as well as hijacked, abandonned or closed places and highlight them with short film screenings. 

The main topic of the 3rd Urban Space Video Walk "common space/private property" focuses on community and privacy from different point of views. Ways of urban encounters differ between private and public exchange, between nomadic and settled forms of life, temporary and long-lasting relationships, individual or collective interactions, strongly organised or loosly bounded groups. What do these forms of encounter mean for individuals and for the living together in our society? In what kind of common or private spaces, global or local communities, social networks and neighborhoods are we living today? What kind of spaces, knowledge, values and ressources are collectively shared and in which contexts privacy becomes important? What kind of private opportunities for retreat and safe spaces are neccessary and what does "private" mean concerning the individual or space? Which collaborations are possible to realize in common spaces and where conflicts can arise?

In urban contexts, commonly shared space is often characterized by collective forms of organization and use, open access and practices of sharing and participating. In contrast to these open - often experimental - common spaces, private spaces offer free access only for certain people or groups and under certain conditions. The demand for private spaces can also result from the wish for dissociation or to protect material or intellectual property. Often, gated communities are related to exklusion, separation and conrol. Together with simulated or supervised publicities they are forms of urban tendencies for privatization, which are affecting the living together in societies in a significant way. What forms of alternative economies, discursive publicities, strategies of commoning and sharing are possible in cities? Where are spaces going to be privatized, commercialized and controlled and what forms of appropriation, occupation and negotiation can be found in this context?

The urban film screenings are for free and open to everyone - also for by hazard passing people. The Video Walk starts and ends at WELTKUNSTZIMMER where the best films are awarded by a jury (Urban Space Film Award: 1.000 Euro) and the audience (Audience Award: 350 Euro) and will be screened again. Streetfood and cold drinks are waiting for the audience. 

curated by Janine Blöß

Assistance: Viktoria Hellfeier, Yannick Böhm

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