Living Gallery Project
year of design / realization: 2008-2012
office: Újirány Group - UILA Kft.
authors: Dominika Tihanyi, local residents
curator: Katalin Erdődi
occasion: Placcc Festival
The durational strategy is a model for implementing public art as part of urban rehabilitation are able to create platforms for communication that will help the social aspects of rehabilitation to arise and allow the process to become flexible. The chain of interconnected public art actions (12 interventions) developed in the duration of 4 years are set up in strong connection to the social-economical and environmental aims of the rehabilitation and act as acupuncture points that constantly activate the city part. The actions create the possibility for new social connections to develop and act as communicational surfaces through which local knowledge can be devised that can be incorporated in future plans and designs of the rehabilitation. The actions reflect on aims of the rehabilitation and cultural heritage and potential of the area and inspire inner courtyards to be renewed. They also become tools for modelling alternative space usages, drawing attention to the communal role of public spaces. The aim is to turn the city part into an ever evolving, interactive gallery, enhancing local economy and culture.
Local shopkeepers of Krúdy Gyula Street were involved in a project that focused on finding out and exposing their shops’ individual stories and myths. The collected stories are presented on little tablets that can still be found by the entrances of the shops. While reading the 21 brief narratives the story of the street comes alive and we are taken back in time to the era when the street used to be an old carpenters street, and later an important cultural scene of the 1990’s.