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(CC) Center - City

Refugee camp for the first world citizens

Video RCFWC is a part of the video intalatiom “the sneeze 80 x80” which is on display at The Durban Art Gallery. 

Thursday,  november 8th 2007 – Sunday, January 6th 2008

the Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Republic of South Africa

[CC] Centre ~ City is a project which reflects the tension and relations between a city centre (»centre«) and shopping suburbs (»BTC city«) in Slovenian capital Ljubljana by examining variety of programs, accessibility, isolation and limitations… City centre is changing into a fractal conglomerate of small capsules with an increasing number of differentiated types of limiting access to semi-public and public spaces. On the other hand, the shopping area BTC (»city«) is developing new types of urbanity conceived exclusively with a purpose to motivate visitors for immediate consumption.

[CC] Centre ~ City highlights the potential trends of closing and restricting access to public spaces. In some wider sense it re-opens the discussion on what kind of urbanity, what kind of quality of life the city of Ljubljana is offering to its inhabitants.

[CC] Centre ~ City is a part of the FWC (First World Camp), a long-term collaborative research project, initiated by Emil Hrvatin and Peter Šenk. Previous and current FWC projects looked for example at tourism, malls, refugee camps, military bases, churches and museums.

 [C - centre]

City centres are contemporary forms of open-program system where public space is partly publicly partly privately owned. Private ownership is manifested through a mode of restriction (capsules), which regulates participants’ behaviour through the mechanisms of representation of power. Space is apparently open, yet the private ownership with private regulations (security services, surveillance systems – cameras and alarms, restrictions of movement, staying and expression…) reduces the public to a flux of functionally defined individuals – users of city infrastructure and/or consumption. City centre redefines the city from a space of free movement and expression into a space of controlled functional behaviour.

 [C - city]

Shopping centres are a contemporary form of closed-program system (capsule) where public space is privately owned. Private ownership implies a special regulatory framework which regulates participants’ behaviour in a carefully defined direction, the direction of instant consumption. Space is a hybrid; though a flux of people gives to it the appearance of a public space, the private ownership with private regulations (security services, surveillance systems – cameras and alarms, restrictions of movement, staying and expression…) reduces the public to a flux of functionally defined individuals – consumers. Shopping centre redefines the city from a space of free movement and expression into a space of controlled functional behaviour. 

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Project by Janez Janša and Peter Šenk
Produced by: Maska Production, Co-produced by: Centre and Gallery P74
Co-funded by: City of Ljubljana and Ministry of Culture of RS
Sponsored by: Blacksmiths Art Bruno Kalčič, BTC, Metalprofil, Sintal, CDS group, Studio Graffit in Gradbeno podjetje Grosuplje