Larissa Fassler builds and draws space. Yet nothing here is cleaned up or ordered according to scale. In the large-format drawings of cities, she shows us what we experience when we walk over traffic islands, through underpasses, and passages, or into the entrances of buildings. The artist overlays the built space with appropriations. She observes and walks through the space over and over again, collecting and mapping what she finds. This is also the case with her work Kotti (revisited). The many fragments layered on top of each other tell stories of a complex space that proudly says: »I am city. I am neither easy to understand nor easy to plan. I will defend myself if you seek to question my existence.« The big colorful picture calls for planning to take care of and work with lived space instead of against it. Because where is this city going to go if it has to leave here?
Attempting to Capture a Place
Surveillance cameras have become an integral part of cityscapes in many parts of Europe. But cameras are not neutral companions: everything goes into these devices and is transmitted. Someone, somewhere else, watches, evaluates, processes, analyses, and documents it all. What else? We don’t know exactly, because much of it is kept under lock and key. Kyle McDonald wants to understand how new technologies affect or influence us. He uploads video recordings of public spaces onto the internet, revealing what is normally only seen by others. Anyone can comment on what they see online: encounters, arguments, rain, sun. People become objects of entertainment, sometimes amusement. McDonald thus makes visible how this ubiquitous media armament is rapidly relegating ethical questions—why who is allowed to see what and how—to the background.
All-Around Service for Urban Mobility Needs
Whim is a concept designed to completely rethink mobility for the growing Helsinki metropolitan region. It is a result of broad-based cooperation between stakeholders from the private and public sectors, as well as universities. The idea: an all-round service for the complex mobility needs of everyone who uses the city. The plan: the development of a universal app for smartphones, designed to make the use of many different, mainly shared, or more sustainable transport offers easier, more intuitive, and cheaper. The immediate goal: to make choosing and using public transport as attractive as possible. In the long term, the target is to abolish the private car.