Supported by the European Social Fund Young Researchers Groups REACT-EU: As part of the Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can we start making a city from where we are? Can the city's playgrounds be at the center of a more active and caring city planning?
Meet the visual artists Margarita del Carmen and Kristian Byskov, who are authors of the newly published book The City in the Sandbox – The Development of the City as Social Practice.
They will talk about their research and ideas for urban planning where children, play and activism meet. In their process, Margarita del Carmen and Kristian Byskov brought different disciplines together: ideas from the visual arts meet pedagogical methods, urban space theories and activist strategies. They also talk about Copenhagen as a city with a long history when it comes to playgrounds and activism.
In The City in the Sandbox, Copenhagen's staffed playgrounds play an important role as a structure for what the authors call "a pedagogical development of the city". Here, they seek to see the city from the perspective of children – a city that is developed in everyday life by those who live in it.
"We have always built with sand. Whether it be sand castles or concrete blocks, the city begins in the sandbox."
“As a countermove to the finance-based urban planning of our time, The City in the Sandbox reopens the discussion about the big city as a setting for childhood. Starting from the playground as a space where subjectivity and community can be created, Kristian Byskov and Margarita del Carmen analyze premises and strategies to lower the barriers between the lived and the planned urban space. It is an informed and action-oriented book about play, pedagogy, (art) activism and urban planning, which, with many views on its subject, considers how children and adults can get a little closer to living in the same world.”
– Lars Bang Larsen, curator and author to the book: The Model – A Model for a Qualitative Society
The City in the Sandbox: The Development of the City as Social Practice
Kristian Byskov & Margarita del Carmen
RSS Press, 2022
Information on accessibility: The workshop will take place in English without translation. Barrier-free access to the HGB main building is possible via Grassistraße via the inner courtyard. The HGB Gallery is mostly accessible.
The exhibition “On the edges - Artistic Morphoses” and the accompanying programme take place within the framework of the artistic research project “The Art of Equal Participation” initiated by Ilse Lafer for the HGB Leipzig and supported by the European Social Fund Young Researchers Groups REACT-EU: As part of the Union‘s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information...