In the framework of the festival Openbare Werken hosted by VIERNULVIER in April 2022 the collaborative work Publiek Plan Gent N°1 (‘Public Plan Ghent N°1’) was made. Initiated by Elly Van Eeghem a questionnaire was sent out to a group of people who, like herself, had been involved in the ‘Stadsatelier’ of VIERNULVIER, which supports artistic work about and in the city.
Where do you find public water?
Where are you unwanted public?
Which private space should become public (again)?
With these fellow artists, cultural workers and participants, Elly Van Eeghem looked into the ‘publicness’ of the city’s public places. What are the shared beloved or less beloved places, and why?
Publiek Plan Gent N°1 is a mapping of various meanings of ‘the public’. The plan remains unfinished and can be completed by whoever holds it. During the festival various plans were gathered and assembled into one gigantic cartographic patchwork. It was walked on, sat on, discussed by and lived by the attending public. Later on, the XL-plan travelled through the city for further conversation on public space with involved city officials.
With contributions by: May Abnet, Peter Aers, Simon Allemeersch, Vincen Beeckman, Dominique Collet, Evelyne Coussens, Katinka De Jonge, Marieke De Munck, Fatih De Vos, Maarten Devrieze and truckers of 22 Herz Hotel, Jorik De Wilde, Ewout D’hoore, Renée Goethijn, Roland Gunst, Paoletta Holst, Naomi Kerkhove, Arnold Reijndorp, Andy Sarfo, Jaco Sette, Michiel Soete, Peter Vanden Abeele, Danielle van Zuijlen, Anyuta Wiazemsky, de Koer, CAMPUS Atelier, Manoeuvre and students of KASK School of Arts.
Concept and graphic design: Elly Van Eeghem
Copy editing: Evelyne Coussens
Proofreading and feedback: Leontien Allemeersch, Marieke De Munck, Evelyne Coussens, Jos Coussens
Translation: Jonathan Beaton
With the support of: VIERNULVIER, KASK School of Arts Ghent, BE PART – Art BEyond PARTicipation -, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union