STUDIO PROTEST: PUBLIC SPACE FOR (CREATIVE) PROTEST
VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, Erwin K. Bauer
As a closing event for STUDIO PROTEST, this symbolic demonstration invited visitors to take part in a search for public space that’s suitable for protest. Where does the city offer opportunities for creative resistance? Where do protests take place? Which forms of protest are directed against commercialization and standardization of the public space? These questions motivated a joint bicycle tour during which the theme of protest was discussed in light of a variety of perspectives of creative resistors and urbanism experts. Then, research was done in this area at a number of stations – from the parliament building to Heldenplatz and the Danube Canal. The tour’s conclusion was a performative urban-occupation picnic.