Hello Stranger is an artistic research project that is developed in collaboration with the Performing Public Space research program of the Fontys University, Tilburg. The research addresses the growing individualisation of European city-centres by imagining and performing an alternative and participatory public space. In terms of this project “being in public” involves appearing to strangers, actively engaging with strangers and being approachable for strangers. Especially now, in time of the Covid-19 pandemic, spontaneous encounters with people who do not know are decreasing. The project uses the format of the workshop to invite participants into the collective creative process of imagining and performing an alternative social environment.
‘The Public News’ is a public activity that was developed in a collective workshop. The participatory performance creates moments of discussion among strangers through reading and writing of local news. Passers-by are invited to discuss the topics, and to add news-topics that they think are relevant.
Dimitri van den Wittenboer
Dimitri van den Wittenboer (artist);
Erik Kamaletdinov (photographer)
Anastasija Pirozenko (cinematographer)
We Are Here, Gessnerallee, Zurich; Haarlemmer square, Amsterdam.
We Are Public (NL); Gessnerallee, Zurich; Current a Space, Amsterdam; Performing Public Space, Tilburg University.