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The Doublethink Project: Public Service

Library: “After an inspiring interview we decided to really get out there and do something good for society at large. Spain seemed like a good place to start, considering the current unemployment rates. We ventured off to Malaga to start a public library and to hire one of the many unemployed people as a librarian. We quickly came to realize the actual problem in Spain wasn’t a lack of job possibilities, but weather conditions that made it impossible to work. Nobody wanted to work for us (including ourselves), and nobody cared about our library. It was simply too hot. We then set up the library in Copenhagen, Denmark, were the summer heat isn’t as unbearable. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact. Combining joblessness, beer and literature was mastered by Charles Bukowski, but in this case perfected by us.”

Picadilly Circus: “In our humble opinion, this is what modern public service is all about. We set up a free information service in one of the busiest areas of London, and tried to give people whatever they wanted. We even dressed up for the occasion.”

Hyde Park: “If you wish to use the deck chairs in Kensington Gardens, West London, for a relaxing time in beautiful circumstances, it will cost you 1.5 pounds for 2 hours. We provided free deck chairs with no time restrictions.”

Passive/Active: “In an attempt to give something to the public, we decided to hang up a mirror and trimmer outside a hairdresser, a deodorant outside a fitness centre and a bottle of water on our local jogging route. Observing the obvious non-use of these services, we decided to take a more active role as providers. Thus, we started offering free ice cream, reading for people in queues and offering hand lotion to those who looked like they had very dry hands. In spite of these efforts we came to realize that neither the passive nor active interferences changed anything for bypassers.”

“Urbane Untersuchungen” von Christian N. Halsted und Jakob Ohrt aka. The Doublethink Project aus London: “Doublethink’s intention is to gather different viewpoints of contemporary life within the realms of conceptual art, social science and alternative and investigational approaches to cultural abstractions. We will make 2-3 overall projects a year, focusing on a new subject each time around. Each undertaking is a collection of 8 pieces made by Doublethink, with one or two contributors or collaborators per project.” Via: Mail

London: The Oubliette Arthouse

Großartiges Guerilla-Projekt in London: “The Oubliette Arthouse is a new and pioneering form of arts venue that promotes emerging artists through the reutilisation of empty space. Our independent arts programme showcases emerging talent, with an emphasis on the innovative and avant-garde. The Arthouse does not compete for public or private sector funding, but enjoys total financial self sufficiency, principally through revenue streams generated by donations, service and industry. With no extramural objectives or targets, and liberated from institutional regulation, our bottom-line is creative freedom.” Mehr auch hier. Via: Mail

StudioSuperniche: The Blue Fence Project

Das Londoner Designer- und Architektenkollektiv StudioSuperniche wehrt sich gegen den Zaun der Olympischen Spiele 2012 und hat bereits alternative Nutzungskonzepte entwickelt: “The plywood hoarding is currently being taken down and replaced with a high security wire mesh fence. StudioSuperniche sees this as an opportunity. We are developing an Olympic Legacy Toolkit, the beginning of a catalogue of temporary structures to be fabricated out of the blue plywood, designed to facilitate local occupation of the site post-Games, activate the vacant plots and allow communities to reclaim the vast empty landscape as their own. Focusing on the niche user-groups of London’s Lower Lea Valley – from bird-watchers to market stall-holders, allotment keepers to model boaters – this collection of urban furniture will populate the site in the wake of the Games, offering a provisional set of tools to stimulate an evolutionary model of local participatory development.” Mehr Bilder hier, via