Reclaiming the Street

As part of its ongoing multimedia exhibition project ‘Endless City’, MAMA is launching an open-submission competition: ‘Reclaiming the Street’. ‘Endless City’ is a multi-part project, initiated in the summer of 2009, in which MAMA explores the relationships between skateboard culture, the public realm and (visual) art, with a wink to the heritage of the Situationist International.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Street-Furniture, Urban
Country Rotterdam
Registration Deadline 31 May 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 31 May 2010 (Must be Postmarked)
Eligibility All

Description
Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces.

The brief is to design an urban intervention, environment, object or piece of street furniture that can be used by skaters and which will also stimulate use by other members of the community, thus improving the quality of a particular public space.

Jury
Five experts in the fields of skateboarding, skateboard culture, spatial design for the public realm and the use of urban spaces.

Prize
MAMA will do its best to get the winning design implemented, but can give no guarantees and has no obligations in this respect. The five nominated designs and a selection of the other submissions will be included in the publication.

The five nominees will receive a fee of €2000 excluding VAT for the further development of the ideas, also to be included in the publication.

Entry Fee
None

Entries
design sketches, concept plan in Dutch and English of maximum 500 words, etc.

Language
Dutch and English

Timetable
Presentation of the publication: September 2010

Organizer
Showroom MAMA (a platform for visual art and youth culture, based in Rotterdam)

Official Website
http://www.showroommama.nl/texts/reclaiming_the_street.cfm