I don't enjoy living in dull and grey cities. Do you? Have you noticed that toys for kids are generally very shiny and colorful? I wonder why that is, given that they are to be brought up to live in mostly dull and gray cities as adults. Since I lived in many of such cities, I am seeking to improve the appearance of public spaces in different ways, in terms of what I consider improvement. Dispatchwork aims to seal fissures in broken walls worldwide, completing the material compilation in urban constructing and adding color to the urban greyscales, by inserting a very basic construction-material:Plastic Construction Bricks (PCBs). In fact, PCBs are one of the first material with which we conceive architecture. PCBs are solid and stiff and shape up perfectly rectangular yet, concerning the essential structure, they contradict the purpose, given that the repair is just so very temporary, with the patches crumbling out of the walls in a matter of no time, being taken or washed away.
Dispatchwork does not defy deterioration. Rather, it aims to emphasize transitoriness as a chance for the construction and reconstruction of our environments. Adapting to various cities, the project infiltrates walls of cultural heritage, historic facades, fortifications and yet many more less spectacular corners as a colorful repair of shabby walls within our shared spaces.
Dispatchwork contradicts and satirizes the superimposed seriosity of constructions in the cityscape. Within all that rigidity and stiffness there are plenty of chances for your own creativity. The project also aims to put the focus on the playful, hands-on aspects of creation in our daily lives, and further, on the possibilities for participation to construe and design our own reality.
And although you may still find me out in the streets of your city adding locations to the map, more importantly, the project offers participation to anyone anywhere, who wants to join. People all over the world have sent me their own patches. The section called Dispatchers Worldwide, which in the amount of locations has quickly overtaken my own efforts, serves the purpose to share these photographs. With little governing, uncontrollably, it is constructed and still growing thanks to the many members and cooperators! Pictures sent to me are always published there (within some weeks, and as long as the patches are in public spaces). Especially if you are part of an institution to organize such an event, please make sure to register free on the Dispatchwork Forum: www.when&where.org to announce your session. Please keep in mind to have such project free of charge and open to anyone who wants to join, and please don't hesitate to contact us for support.
Thanks to all the people involved! Without you and your generous support Dispatchwork wouldn't exist the way it does! Thanks for supporting this ongoing research about bits and pieces of a global culture.