Parade Narrative/Timeline

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This timeline is still partial

2, 2009
Joanna Warsza presents a TrAIN lecture at Chelsea Joanna Warsza Life-art projects in the ex-Communist National Stadium in Warsaw with some footnotes from a research in Georgia and Armenia
January 25, 2010 Alexandra Wasikowska presents a TrAIN lecture at Chelsea Alexandra Wasikowska: Spot the Error
3, 2010
Don Mitchell's quote emailed by Kuba: "The notion of urban public space can be traced back at least to the Greek agora and its function as: 'the place of citizenship, an open space where public affairs and legal disputes were coducted... it was also a marketplace, a place of pleasurable jostling, where citizens bodies, words, actions, and produce were literally on mutual display and where judgements, decisions, and bargains were made' (quote from Hartley). Politics, commerce and spectacle were juxtaposed and intermigled in the public space of agora"

Hmmm.... for me it sounds almost could be our motto for market of ideas ; )))

10, 2010
Joanna Rajkowska presents a TrAIN lecture at Chelsea Comments forthcoming
17, 2010
Metod's Parade identity ideas Three possibilities emailed to the working group
21, 2010
Aleskandra Wasilkowska emailed a proposal for the structure for Parade Black Cloud - "the roof structure is formed as a blcak cloud composed of a multitude of codependent elements floating above the square..."
22, 2010
Working Group Meeting There's general concern over Ola's proposal - find the meeting minutes here.
23, 2010
Neil emails Ola regarding CP's concerns with the proposal. Ola agrees to resubmit something by Sunday February 28, 2010, in advance of our meeting scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2010
24, 2010
Kuba Szreder presents a TrAIN lecture (at Chelsea) Kuba Szreder: Archeologies of the Public: insights into the Polish public sphere
28, 2010
Kuba confirms The People Speak for a stall at the Market - he also made contact with Public Works (?) There's some discussion around the Karaoke PowerPoint. The issue: Will it really be fun/funny? Is it the best launch event?
1, 2010
Ola sends through a new proposal and CP meets at the LCF to discuss this proposition. We discussed the emergent possibilities of this approach. It's concerned, in the main, with using recycled materials, which will involve some serious sourcing. Ken has written to Ola about this proposal - highlights of his correspondence include:
  • The idea fits in far more with notions of an 'aggregating' structure and 'assembly', and notions of structures capable of 'fracturing' and recombining.
  • Metod's flyer has also started to address issues of aggregation and a fragmenting structures.
  • This proposal is much more appropriate and achievable solution than the cloud; we feel we could take it forward as an idea, and were enthusiastic to see how it develops.
  • Practical issues: the scheme as sent is still very abstract, especially in terms of its construction and realisation - more detailed info is needed - how the assemblage can change its scale and configuration, for instance, and whether all the cubic components have to be fabricated (a lot of work, as there are a lot of individual components) or can we adapt pre-existing elements? There were also questions about just how solid or not the grid would appear, and a bit of a worry about where the grid becomes horizontal whether it is really effective as a roof.
  • We are keen to collaborate on the evolving of a solution
  • Next week's workshop has to be key in addressing real practical issues of fabrication times and materials (within our limited budget), and the sourcing of materials etc. Really looking forward to seeing some kind of resolution of the idea and a week of testing,
2, 2010
  • Ola has responded to some of Ken's questions (read across to the next column)
  • Ola has also sent through some (inspirational) images that posit the slime mold as the overarching metaphor for development - You can find a PDF of these images here
Here are Ola's responses to Ken's concerns - in her own words:
  • We will prepare some initial "optimal" configuration and number of components (with generative simulation prepared during 8-12 week), we will fix a constructive wire-frame, and the rest will be mobile, can be re-configured by peoples during the festiwal
  • We can mix two strategies: use some existing, prefabricated, cheap components from Castorama about 45x45cm (see attached) or borrow the recycled trash /materials from municipal sorting plant or even create a temporary collector and waste-recycling station on the square in order to collect the scrap materials.
  • For the construction of the roof we could join light boxes (PET bottles or foamed polystyrene) wraped by foil bag or other waterproof materials.
  • Could you contact some of the local waste-recycling station or scrap yard and ask if they could borrow some trashes like PET's bottles or wood-scrap? Could you search for other sources of trash or waste (shoping centers, factories, workshops, institutions)?
  • I think we can't anticipate what shape it will take , cause we don't know what kind of materials we can collect till Monday... It will be a creative recycling process and we will find appropriate constructive solutions like in favelas.
8, 2010
  • Ola and Michow arrive in London to begin a week-long workshop with CP, Ken and his students at Chelsea.
  • Ken, Marsha, Neil, Ola and Michow meet to discuss Parade (find the full minutes here):
  • Refreshing the barcamp content - our meetings have been getting a little procedural recently - we've been very focused on getting things done; nice to think about the landscape of ideas we wish to explore in parade.
  • There was a lively discussion over "public" being urban - It's interesting to think why this bias exists - and why is the division of urban/rural so...done?
  • Neil and Ken report back the bottle idea isn't going to work. There's a plan to develop an alternative approach tomorrow.
9, 2010
Ola and Michal are working with Neil, Ken and Ken's students to develop an experimental architecture using crates - you can follow their notes on this workshop here
  • Questions being asked by Ken, Neil, Ola and Michow: Does collective intelligence emerge in spontaneous action and create effective spatial configuration? Can participation and improvisation break the passivity in the public space?
  • The word "intervention" has entered into our shared vocab as a way of describing Parade. But perhaps what we're doing is closer to taking "something back"? In the spirit of, say, Tak(ing) Back the Streets?
  • It was also interesting to read the following on the Building structures Page: The repetition of the modules itself is meant to reflect the notion of emergence. The most common definition of emergence speaks of a system, which contains a larger value than just the sum of it’s parts. A single module indeed will not represent a particular value, but through the assembly, they might create a greater quality. This reflects another popular definition of emergence: one which says that an unexpected complexity can be created through a repetition of simple rules. So there's a sense we're thinking through materials and this process is pluralized - diversified through various intelligences...but centralized via...desire(?).
  • It will be interesting to see how the rigidity of the crates does/does not support modes of assembly as more fluid than not...
  • I'm also fascinated by the possibility of participants contributing to the design in some way - through both consultation and also physically building and rebuilding the space
11, 2010
Ola and Michal's workshop with Ken's students continues.
Joanna Rajkowska has sent through some sketches of her project
  • The crates are working okay as modular units. The workshop experimented with assembling them with cable ties; various combinations emerged: two rows with each row assembled individually and then latched together seemed to work well.
  • There's still some concern about securing the crates (actually getting them), as we think we'll need around 5000
  • "A tree" is the main metaphor presently used to describe the structure. The problem with this image is that the branches tend to become decorative - they don't work well as cover and so we'll need an additional roof. Hence, thinking in terms of a different metaphor might be better...
  • Cinzia, Neil, Ken and I all sat around the base of the structure and chatted - It was fun inhabiting this space - it has lots of potential but needs some kind counter surface - that is, something upon which to place laptops and drinks. Also, there was much discussion about cushions for the crates. Sitting on them requires constant shifting to remain comfortable.
  • In other news: Joanna Rajkowska has sent through some sketches of her project, which will discuss on Monday.
15, 2010
Parade Meeting - Kuba in town
Eszter Steierhoffer attends meeting.
  • It was fantastic to have Eszter's imput and look forward to working with her on Parade.
  • We reviewed Metod's sketched for our e-flyer and decide on the second option - the aggregated dots look a little like...Canada, Poland, Wales. There was some discussion around the text - which has been in play for a ages - Neil reminds us to respond with the deadline, otherwise the organization of this project won't work.
  • We discussed Joanna R's sketches; Cinzia will dialogue with her proposal.
18, 2010
Neil locates 4320 milk crates They're a little different from the bottle crates we'd played with but should stack better.
19, 2010
Marsha sends all the logos and bits and pieces to Abigale Boswell We're hoping she'll be able to help us finish and distribute Metod's e-flyer.
21, 2010
Marsha starts the Imaging Publicness Photo Album. This album aims to assemble visual representations/references to "publicness"
26, 2010
Parade Meeting - Kuba in town. You can find the minutes here
  • We covered a huge amount of ground - and it was a fun, dynamic and well attended meeting.
  • Negotiations over the budget continue
  • Robin will take over designing our e-flyer
  • Ken is going to chat to Ola and Mihail, as it we need to ensure the structure is functional - we're also hoping we can create an image for dissemination that does the project's ethos (concerned with hospitality) justice.
  • Eszter has suggested we liaise with the folk from the RCA, and This is not a gateway and Anatomy of a Street (?)
1, 2010
A great discussion about "networks," "translation" and "organization"
  • power - as something finite or infinite
  • documentation of processes
  • a genuine desire to build connections - pool networks
  • acclimating - new place - doing projects is London - challenging - more resistance/red tape (than in Hungary) = different ways of working
10, 2010
Parade Meeting - the final push! You can find the minutes here
  • We're all getting really excited about next week
  • We talked about the final version of the flyer - we're hoping to have it signed off by AIM
  • Miriam Kings came to the meeting and discussed her plan for PR
  • Marsha proposed a prototype for the cushion - foam in tote bags
  • SALT (student publication group) are very interested in being part of Parade
  • We hear form Ola and Michow they're sending through something tomorrow, which is great because we need a plan for organizing next week's construction
  • We're committed to having a schedule in place for next week
11, 2010

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