Roadwork participation

– 2014 – Intervention / photographic series

Ongoing roadworks required mounds of sand that would be spread out as a base layer for sidewalks. Black spraypaint was used to temporarily apply keywords on them, as they would be used and renewed on a daily basis.

Emerging participatory art practices tend to incorporate the same general set of keywords. Their spread also extends to structures which operate on and adjacent to a foundation of capital and could mask pragmatic notions of quantified value taking over a more socially-oriented niche in the end. It is their very openness that creates this paradigm. How should these concepts be used to actually create a functional alternative framework without them either becoming unsubstantial or risking transparency in the process?