LUCIE HAVEL visual artist
An artic circle,
"Face the public" art residency project, in collaboration with Roberto Rodriguez. 2018.
Noticing the unusual number of shops that remain empty on a permanent basis along the Zwartjanstraat / Noordmolenstraat axis in Rotterdam, we started exploring the idea of populating these empty locations on a short time basis with art related activities.
The general idea was to use 3 to 6 available locations (3 to 6), while they remain empty, as a 'face the public' residence for artist already living and working in different areas of Rotterdam. The implicit challenge faced by all participating artists is to hold an open workspace and help weave a new layer of activity onto the street by interacting with public, neighbours and other participating artist.
Artists' residences were planed to be short term, and ready to move on a moments notice were the owner to find a regular tenant for the location in use.
Water cocoons is a temporary low budget system, which communicates between an institution / festival and its audience on a ecological and economical way. Floating and variable in shape, it can be placed on any open water. The installation is a set of octagonal elements that are sewn together and anchored to the bottom of the lake / canal. It can be made in every shape and size. The composition is determined together with the artist.
Each element is a hexagonal cocoon of 25 cm diameter, inspired by a elm seed. The membrane is made of industrial waste. The floating part is the core and consists of a used aluminum can ( 33cl ) or plastic bottle ( 50cl ). These are picked up in the immediate vicinity of the installation area. 2013
EMERGING STRUCTURES | water cocoons
Schiedam 2013 * photo Harry Schumacher