Urbanity and New Manners/ PUBLIC SEATING
2013, Plaza de Miserere, Artist Residency Fellowship , La Paternal Espacio Proyecto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
photo credit: Roberto Raffier
Latin American metropolis like Buenos Aires lack public seating spaces. Instead of waiting for solutions to come from the government or the department of urban planning I turned cues – at bus stops or even at a cashier – into instant public seating practices.
Urbanity and New Manners is a compilation of group practices and urban interventions offering alternative ways of handling everyday interactions. Inspired by El Manual de Urbanidad y Buenas Maneras (The Manual of Urbanity and Good Manners) written by Venezuelan pedagogue Manuel Antonio Carreño in 1853 setting the codes of social behaviour and interaction in the Latin America of the time, this project invites art and non-art audiences to have collective experiences through body exercises where the center is the building of trust, playfulness and proximity.