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laurie hb on Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:44:47 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] launch of project about r'dam architecture

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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