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When you read these lines, it’ll be roughly 400 years since the man named Indian Pete has passed. The history books tell us, this wall that you are seeing in the picture, “is one of the oldest in this grand city [of Aberdeen]. It had formerly been a part of an old townhouse known as Aedies House. Built around 1604 and finally demolished in 1914 it held a dark history. Believed as it was to have been a holding house for children stolen off the streets to be sold as slaves in America. […] Around 700 children would be kidnapped from the streets. Their fate, to be kept in holding houses like Aedies until there were enough of them to transport.”
Someone told me that a bagpipe was played every night, to drown the screaming of these doomed kids. Who knows really, but the one story everybody agrees on is the story of Peter Williamson. His parents “reputable though not rich” sent him to live with an aunt in Aberdeen. In a cold night in January 1743 Peter was kidnapped while playing on the quay. With the age of 8 years, he was abducted to America as a slave, and sold for 16£ to work on a plantation.
I’ll spare you the details of his gruesome return to his birthplace of Aberdeen, since you can now easily look it up online. And I tell you in advance it is a story of deep desolation, describing the cruelty of the so-called “discovery of the new world” and the horrors of slavery connected to it. But it is also a story of hope. And, as his clumsily chosen name suggests, there are Native Americans involved as well as the final return to Scotland which, however, left him “banished from Aberdeen as a vagrant” for telling his story.
Ultimately, Indian Pete was able to make a living from a succesful tavern he ran in Edinburgh, for poets and lawyers. But until this day, his story haunts the Aberdonians. Another local whispered to me on the night i took this picture, on the staircase that leads up from The Green to buzzing Union street, that him and others had seen, from afar and late at night, children in nightgowns sitting on precisely these stairs.
Le château de Colpach, acquis en 1917 par le couple de philanthropes Aline et Emile Mayrisch, fut un haut lieu de rencontres du monde de la culture et des arts. Aujourd’hui, propriété de la Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise.
On this occasion the group in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo, invite us to participate in the intervention Dispatchwork in the Colonial City to be held in the first weeks of May, the program of said activity comprises two panels and the Creation of three intervention routes with the insertion of pieces of “lego” in fissures of buildings, urban furnishings and sidewalks. The panels will take place on May 3 and 4 at 7:00 PM in the Maria Ugarte Room of the referred center, and will include Esther Hernández-Medina, Marcos Barinas, Marcos Blonda, Incursiones (collective Venezuelan), Alex Martínez Suárez, Mauricia Domínguez, Miguel Piccini and Jan Vormann, whose lectures will revolve around the construction and linking of the inhabitants with the cities and above all with the historical centers.
What we want on the one hand is to emphasize the participatory aspect of the construction of cities, which are the imaginary platform – and tangible at the same time
Where our life in society develops, and in addition, contribute in the bonding of the citizens with the historical centers of our cities, for that reason our action mainly is oriented to the creation of routes within them and in the Concrete case of the Colonial City the routes are based on the literary recreation. Of this historical center: chronicle, memory, tourist itinerary and novel, product of a very well-researched investigation by Miguel Piccini.
The photos were taken by Alex Martinez Suarez, Luis Graham and Miguel Piccini.
SeaChange are an independent arts development charity based at the Drill Hall in Great Yarmouth. They collaborate internationally and are dedicated to delivering outstanding opportunities for artists and communities through supporting, hosting and delivering circus and street arts projects and events. SeaChange also hosts the Great Yarmouth “Out There Festival” annually in September which this year celebrates its 10th Year.
This Dispatchwork was created as part of the “Up Our Street” project which is all about transforming the local neigbourhood around the Drill Hall area, through a range of creative and gardening activities, from murals to street furniture, gardening to upcycling.
Over two days local children living in around the area participated in creating this dispatchwork which has raised many smiles already. The installation features on the crumbling corner of one of the many murals that was created by the artist John Dashwood. This mural depicts the Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson which Great Yarmouth had close links with in the 18th Century
The Lake District has long been a source of artistic inspiration and is one of the central themes of the 2017 bid for World Heritage status. The identity, inspiration and desire to look after this spectacular landscape combines to create an evolving masterpiece – the perfect backdrop against which to launch a new, contemporary digital arts festival. (http://lakesalive.co.uk/about)
A seaside town on the east coast of Norfolk, Great Yarmouth has experienced many ups and downs during its past. Today this has left us with a diverse and fascinating cultural heritage in a struggling economic era. Despite this Great Yarmouth still welcomes many holiday visitors during the summer season and is growing in its festival calendar to reflect the many qualities the town has. There are many organisations in the town developing projects with which to highlight conserving the towns’ heritage while developing a more dynamic spirit to reinvigorate the town.
Our first submission to dispatchwork for Great Yarmouth’s patch, is for the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust – Great Yarmouth Town Wall, in the view of producing more fun submissions in the area for museums and creative arts groups while also trying to inspire some more people to join the game and play with construction bricks to create colourful fun areas of the town.
It is claimed that historic Yarmouth has the second best preserved mediaeval town wall in England, after York. The town wall, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, traces its origins to 1261 taking many years to complete and several repairs during its role of protecting the town from invasion. Today through the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and Norfolk Conservation Ltd it is undergoing some consolidation work at its most fragile areas. This current section was known as Slaughterhouse Road, an area which in the past housed several slaughterhouses built into the town wall. Now all having disappeared this area is once again an exposed piece of town wall needing protection from the extreme easterly winds which batters this piece of coastline. Our dispatchwork here (although sadly a temporary feature), highlights some of the severe deterioration the wall has suffered in area now used as a car park!
Norfolk Conservation Ltd. came into existence as a response to and concern with: the outstanding heritage of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding area, a general poor state of the built historic environment, a lack of traditional building skills and knowledge, and high unemployment rates. Centred on social values, we are concerned with conserving and promoting heritage, enabling all of its benefits to contribute toward a more sustainable past, present and future.
The Phoenician Wall might well be the oldest man-made structure I have ever personally visited, within the city of Batroun, dating back to at least 5,000 years. The wall was most likely carved directly into the solid rock as a protectetion against the tidal waves and it stands there until today.
Look closely, right there in the middle: I was here.
Thanks to Cole Blaq who took on Dispatchwork with a little twist: Cole works much with the bricks in his daily work as a Designer and Graffity artist. He wrote to me that in Düsseldorf there weren’t too many visible spots to repair, and that places are well taken care of, so he found this own way to join the project!
Students from the B.A. Course „Bildung und Erziehung in der Kindheit“ took the chance together with their Prof. Sonja Damen to create some kind of wonderful plastic patch alongside the historic staircase leading towards the entrance of their University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Charlotte is originally from the UK and has worked around the world since 2010. She was in Riga in 2015.
Further she writes: “I work with kids and play with PCBs with them regularly as well as teaching concepts like the Egyptian Pyramids; it was exhilarating to bring their brightness onto the streets! Although the patches did get removed, there is something beautiful about the transitoriness of the project. It also helped me accept things like the destruction of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan to make way for the cathedrals of Mexico City: the significance is that it was once there.”
The cultural association ViVa ignited the spark for the event in Orvieto in Oktober! Orvieto is located in Umbria, “situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa,” says Wikipedia. From the Etrustcan, to the Roman until today: These walls carry a heavy history. Now they also carry the spirit of Dispatchwork.
We all had so much fun and the citizens were very happy about this positive and proactive way of showing the problems in public places 🙂 will probably repeat it in spring:) – Agnė Mongirdaitė, coordinator of LUNI Kaunas
“We are the legendary PCC family of the university of Avignon. PCC is short for “publics de la culture et communication”. Obviously, we are a group of “freaks” who concentrate on studying the relationship between people and all kinds of media.” – Dispatchwork Avignon
I had already come across these images in ‘Innovation district’ on Nate’s Instagram and only a couple of months later on the National Public Radio NPR (USA) in a broadcast titled:Unraveled: The Mystery Of The Secret Street Artist In Boston!
It is interesting to follow the reporters discovery as she finds and interviews Nate ‘”it was sort of having fun with what most people would consider a problem”. Swain is a former landscape architect who quit his cubicle to try to make it as an artist’!
Eunmi Kim, a member of „The Korea Arts and Culture Education Service KACES“ introduced the repairs to her neighborhood. She then sent me the pictures saying that „it was really fun and people who participated got to have a great relationship together.“
She further informed me about their organisation, which „seeks to foster creative talent to ensure cultural welfare fort he public […] by creating an environment where arts and culture education can be embedded in our daily lives. Creating a living cultural community os one oft he various projects that KACES supports. The projects aim to utilize arts and culture as means to support residential communities by indentifying and resolving regional/public issues based on common visions and values.
Through Dispatchwork, residents will be able to look around their neighborhoods and fill in gaps, providing the opportunity to understand the significance and experience of the joy of participating in community activities!“
On their website, they state that “as a part for this November, 20th, the Mexican Revolution beginning anniversary, we join the Dispatchwork Project.
We always seek a way to make new ways in our day-by-day, seeking for renovation and a way to be better persons, better parents and children, to build a better comunity, to have better opportunities and jobs.
Stephan and the “FSJ-ler and BFD-ler” of the German red Cross decided to act up on the decay of Wuppertal by implanting the plastic patches. These ones are near a plaque commemorating the destruction of the Wuppertal Synagogue in 1938.
The place in the picture is a stair ladder in an elementary school, the school name is “Zao Shan elementary school”, my brother teaches P.E. there, one day I was asking him, if he knew anywhere to dispatch. He said: How about our school, the kids there need more color in their childhood. – The next weekend we went to the school and did that dispatchwork. – Suncheese
Many Thanks to Florin who passed on the fotos he received via Despre Copii, his online parenting platform, of patches made by Lorena and her family. Further info about the location, he explains the theatre built in 1896 as “Teatrul Rally” in 1969, acquired its present name in honour of the Romanian actress, Maria Filotti (1883-1956).
Dispatchwork in Basel, during the various Art-fairs. These two young guys were easily seduced into taking part in their city´s art-life. I like how they use their four hands altogether to put up the brickwork.
These pictures were sent to me by Steffen who, with his class of NTNU architecture students went out to do some dispatchwork on the Marketplace (Torvet) in Trondheim. While working on a project for innovations of the city´s infrastructure, they included dispatchwork in their agenda.
Jeff Sims hosted a plastic construction pieces-themed exhibitions at Columbus Museum of Art. As part of the initiative, they are inviting Columbus artists, families, school groups, and others to install dispatchworks around the city.
The first Dispatchwork in Asia, I received from Hibari and Genya (LEGOHAN). Shortly thereafter happened a terrible earthquake. I know that these repairs are no serious alternative to the troublesome reconstruction of the many broken homes, I still think that these pictures might help in reconstructing hope.
DC2013 sent me these pictures with the following statement:
“The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Par- liament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.The Palace was designed and nearly completed by the Ceaușescu regime, a brutal and repressive regime that collapsed after a series of violent events in 1989.”
In August 2013, few kids reconstructed a small pice in the surrounding wall and brought the Dispatchwork spirit in Romania. This was not just a symbolic step […] but also a remembering moment for the thousands of Romanians that risked their lives in 1989 in their fight against the communist regime, and a hopefully, a clear signal for the occupants of the building (Romanian politicians) to do their jobs to ensure the future of the Romanian young generations!”
Catherine and Mathieu, two teachers in St-Francois Xavier de Brompton, a small town in Quebec, one day decided with their grade 5 students of Ecole de l’Arc-en-ciel (literally: Rainbow-School!) to go and fix up their schoolyard.
“Collettivo Re-public”, is a cultural collective born in 2013 with the aim of discussing topics as green-energies, sustainable growth of social life, use and re-use of pubblic dismissed areas of cities, use of contemporary languages in art, music, sculpture, street-art and installations,.
The collective called “LOCUS_colectivo” invited students from the “Universidad Catolica Tecnologica del Cibao” to reclaim their city. Parallel they offered ‘talks about that constitution of the city: Rights and duties.’
We went to a neighbourhood called Fakultete. Here you find none of Sofia’s historical buildings but beautifully self-crafted homes. Like a different city, maybe a whole different country, and, with horse-carriages passing by, also a different time.
Within a couple of minutes after having started, all the kids of the neighbourhood took notice of us and joined.
The next day, back in the city center we fixed up a part of the broken staircase of the cinema which was screening movies as part of the festival program. Free Sofia is my small message to the Sofiotes. Interpret as you may.
A question I get asked frequently is if I know who takes the patches out. I have multiple of these people on tape, and you would probably be surprised on who these people would be. This security guard from across the street ISN’T one of them. When I left he crossed the street and took the patch out on curiosity. I approached him and took the picture because I was amused about his initiative to leave his post and check out my work.
The city now called Sofia was established in 5 BC or earlier, under the name of Serdica and gained much importance over the centuries due to its central positioning in the balkan region. Over the course of time it was under the reign of the Romans, the Ottomans, the Huns,… just to name a few.
This is the Church of St. George, build by the Romans in the 4th century. There had been some debate on social media about whether or not this was disrespectful towards the believers. The priest however just walked by us as we were in full action and didn’t mind.
I was thrilled about my invitation to Doma Art festival in Sofia. This patch is on the National Art Gallery and took me a half a day. Only a couple of hours later in the evening, it had disappeared, however, the next day, while passing by it miraculously resurface on its former position. Here you find the DOMA Artfest Website and their Facebook-page.
Said to be one of Quito’s more dangerous streets, next to “La Ronda”, but when the locals found me working in their street, they liked it and even promised to ‘take care of the patches’, whatever that means.
Every year there are many interesting live acts and remarkable bands to come play their songs for the Festival de la cité in Lausanne. That one year, the they invited me to come play with them. Unfortunately my camera broke, but thanks to all the photographers who let me use their images here!
It should be mentioned, that executions were conducted on the Square of St. Felipe Neri, during the Spanish Civil War. When you see the walls, you will understand why this place is still a symbol for the unresolved anger against the Franco-dictatorship.
Imaginez Maintenant – Imagine now – took place in cities all over France. In this context, in Toulouse, a festival for contemporary dance, performance and visual arts was organized by the CDC Toulouse.
If you want to see the SLEM3 (Soapbubble life extension machine 3) that I showed in the library of the old hospital,follow this link.
I was in Hossegor meeting my friends from androphyne to work on their project about Elias Pozornski. One day we went out to surfer’s paradise on the atlantic ocean. There’s this bunker, which used to be sitting entirely above the dunes, overlooking the ocean. Now the waves are slowly luring the tons of concrete into the depth.
Metelkova, an ancient police-station now place for the independent slovenian art-scene. At night you will find it is the place for partying. At daytime, you see people going along their daily business, with artist-studios and flats.
For a conference initiated by the Museum of transitory art MoTA in collaboration with Artos Foundation I went to Cyprus to talk about temporary and transitory moments in art. I left two little patches on the Arablar Mosque..
I didn’t grasp the full impact of the ’74 Turkish invasion in the north of this island in the eastern mediterrenean. Cyprus has been divided since between a government-controlled area, comprising the southern two-thirds of the island, and a north third de facto administered by the Turkish. No country recognizes the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” other than Turkey. Around the city center, lays a starshaped citadel. Inside it is divided by these walls:
Thanks to Incursiones_ who sent in these images! Incursiones has been growing an initiative that aims to recover public space through a series of games. For this case they developped a treasure hunt for people to discover the interventions. Through their Instagram the participants can find the clues of the locations and pictures, nice twist.