Pre-production

2009-2010. Susanne Bosch. DREAM-DO-DONE (2009.05 / project review / theoretical data)

MAY 2009

 

‘DREAM-DO-DONE’ for the area of La Latina / Lavapies in Madrid

GENERAL CONCEPT

Every banknote carries a trade value, but also a potential future value (saving for the next holidays, for the desired car, ...). Every conversation carries the potential of a future business, a new invention, a new task, a chance.

Everyone carries an unused potential, an idea in mind, an obervation, an untold story or observation, unused old coins in a drawer at home. The public art project DREAM-DO-DONE seeks to collect as many of these little individual potentials as possible. The art project brings them together to transform them into real things, projects, outcomes in a real world.

DREAM-DO-DONE will collect the Peseta* coins and banknotes in a public collection site in the La Latina / Lavapies neighbourhood for the period of mid October 2009 to Mid February 2010. Along with the peseta collection, the project will ask actively the neighbourhood and the users of the neighbourhood (visitors of the Rastro market and markets, bars, cafes), what they would like to realize with this public and worthless money? The project will collect and publish extensively the wishes during the period of the event on a webpage, in the public media and as posters in the neighbourhood. During the final months of February, the wishes will be presented in a daily public art action on La Castellana. On 20 February 2010, everone is invited to publicly sort the coins and banknotes and transport them to the Banco de Espana. On 27 February 2010 everybody who would like to be part of the decision making group, is invited to attend an open space event***. This one day event will be used to decide collectively what will happen to the pesetas and how this will be put into action.

*The name is believed to have been derived from the Catalan word "peceta", meaning "little piece" (i.e., the diminutive of "peça", "-eta" being the usual feminine diminutive) [1]. However, it is also possible that the name is the diminutive of "peso", an already-existing currency whose name derives from a unit of weight; this is consistent with such other currencies as the British pound. "Peseta" is also the term used in Puerto Rico for a U.S. quarter-dollar coin.

**unless you carry them to the Banco de España in Calle Alcalá 48 to exchange them

***Antonio Rodriguez from AEC - Actividades Educativas Culturales could be the facilitator of the event
as a trained open space facilitator in Madrid. ( http://www.aec-spain.net)

 

AIMS

DREAM-DO-DONE is an artproject that serves as a model to empower people. It offers a creative platform that allows people to work together, to develop a collaborative spirit and inclusion. It offers the exerience of a collective decision process. The art project combines an unusual aethetic appearance with a meaningful public debate. It creates a large forum for potential. By concentrating on one neighbourhood, the project will empower people that live in close proximity and have a personal relationship, connectedness to the site and each other.

 

OUTCOMES/ACTIONS

DREAM-DO-DONE will do this through a number of artistic actions and interventions for a duration of ideally 4.5 months from mid October 2009 to end of February 2010.

A collection site will be on a public place in La Latina/Lavapies for the duration of 4 months to collect coins, banknotes and wishes, also to visualize wishes. For the same duration, an interactive blog or webpage, regular poster actions and PR will be performed. 

During the final months of February, the wishes will be presented in a daily public art action on La Castellana. On 20 February 2010, everyone is invited to publicly sort the coins and banknotes and transport them to the Banco de Espana. On 27th February 2010 everybody who would like to be part of the decision making group, is invited to attend an open space event. This one day event will be used to decide collectively what will happen to the pesetas and how this will be put into action 

 

BRINGING THE WISHES ON LA CASTELLANA, 1ST-28TH FEBRUARY 2010

From the beginning to the end of February, the wishes and desires given by the people over the past 3.5 months will be transformed into a public art event on La Castellana. It will take the following shape:

In a daily public action, 2 persons will write the wishes with white charcoal on the floor of the paseo. This action will be done for 3 hours every day. Every day the writing will be either continued where it stopped the previous day or started again (depending if the rain washed it away).

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20TH FEBRUARY 2010 – PUBLIC MONEY COUNTING AND SORTING EVENT OF THE COLLECTED COINS AND BANANOTES

On 20th February 2010, the population will be invited to sort the coins in order to bring them to the Banco de Espana. This will be a one day public event with media present. A van will be hired to bring the sorted coins and banknotes to the Banco de Espana. The public will be provided with information, hot drinks and catering (this will
be done in cooperation with the local bars and shops).

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OPEN SPACE EVENT ON 27TH FEBRUARY 2010

Open Space Technology is an innovative format of organizing gatherings with large groups. ("Technology" in this case means tool — a process; a method.) It represents a self-organising process. Participants construct the agenda and schedule during the meeting itself. Thus it enables the bringing together of all interested parties with their insights, experiences, questions and wisdom. Open Space Technology allows diverse people to address complex and possibly controversial topics. It functions best where more traditional meeting formats fail: in situations involving conflict, complexity, diversity of thought or people, and short decision-times. It supports systems of all kinds and sizes in unfolding the forces of collaboration, cooperation, participation, creativity and spirit required to come to action on the burning issues facing them.4
The Open Space Event on 27th February will end with an action plan (including a time schedule) what to do with the accumulated money and wishes. It will also identify who is taking care of the realisation.

4 Antonio Rodriguez from AEC - Actividades Educativas Culturales could be the facilitator of the event as a trained open space facilitator in Madrid. (http://www.aec-spain.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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