During the Idea Camp plenary sessions were organised in which three “inspirateurs” kicked off every day with thought-provoking statements lasting half an hour: how are citizens and communities involved in shaping new notions of “public space” in the physical and the digital spheres?
It's time for artists and citizens to re-appropriate Public Space
by Antoine Beaufort, consultant and producer of cultural projects, Director of ARSNOMADIS
The internet and digital tools have transformed the traditional “public space” and have provided new paths towards citizenship and creativity. The dream of a “smart city”, where citizens would be actors and producers of a collaborative intelligence, is nevertheless facing the risk of the kind of global control and supervision that has been denounced by artists for a long time. Public space has always been a political space, so let’s re-appropriate it!