During the spring 2022 we’ll launch a book about Keskustelupuisto / Conversation park. In the book we describe a unique artistic experiment of transforming an abandoned plot of land into a public park in the Finnish town of Rauma. In 2019 thirty residents between the ages of 6 and 89 became players in a two-year-long “Public Space Game”. Their mission was to turn 30 different visions into an attractive urban park in 6 game moves. The park was opened in 2020. In the book we describe our original intentions when designing the game and share insights we gained while working on Keskustelupuisto for 4 years. The book touches on many questions with regards to engaging citizens in designing urban public spaces. It is an attempt to open-source the Conversation Park project so that it can be analysed, modified, and replicated. It is an invitation to learn together with the us and the participants about the many factors which have to be considered when designing a participatory project – whether it takes place in art, urban planning or politics. The book is published in collaboration with Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland. Stay tuned about the book launch date!
Oliver joins forces with Swedish Think Tank Fabel in organising an exhibition about the evolution of the ballot in the Nordic and Baltic region. The show looks at the ballot – a simple piece of paper and a tool of power at the same time – mainly from a design perspective. Why are the ballots looking like they do? Who actually designs them? What are the ballots telling about the state of democracy and what are they hiding? The exhibition opens September 3rd at Felleshus at the Joint Nordic Embassies in Berlin at 16:00.
‘If you cannot visit the exhibtion in person you can get an glimpse of it by downloading the exhibition app. Search for “The Ballot” in the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. alternatively you can follow the links below. The app was coded and designed by Oliver.