Posters printed on plastic; 70 cm X 50 cm
Where and how people move in a city affects their image of their city. Depending on where we live, work, what our interests are, we often have completely different experiences and mental maps of the same city.
The installation DIS/ORIENTATION is a collection of posters designed for and exhibited around public venues in Örebro. They carry messages that invite the city’s inhabitants and visitors to discover new places, experience their city in new ways and reflect on public space. The messages on the posters urge people to walk straight ahead for 20 minutes, go to the nearest lawn, lie down and look at the sky, or ask a stranger about their favourite place in town and go there.
In a playful way the messages challenge the force of habit and question existing conventions on what activities are allowed in public space – the posters are like playing cards which lead the curious player to unexpected places.
We create our own mental maps over our city. When these maps are drawn on a paper, it becomes visible that we rarely move all over the city. We feel unsafe in some areas, we find some areas beautiful, and others ugly.
At the same time the possibility to freely move around the city is a matter of power. Anybody can’t simply drift around without risking looking suspicious. Social conventions regulate what activities are seen as ‘normal’. They often include consumption. However, economically weaker groups more often use the public realm as places to hang out, a behavior that becomes suspicious according to the norm.
The purpose of DIS/ORIENTATION is to shake existing ideas about the public realm, and the way people move around the city. We use wandering as a method to provoke people to reflect upon their city and their surroundings. By using simple missions in a playful presentation we want to open up for multiple perspectives on the public space.