Everything I Love, Disappears, Maj Rafferty, 17th January, 2020
Photo: Peter Mayr
This place is intentionally left blank Public artwork, May 10th, 2021 - December, 2023 - Nordvestbahnstrasse 11, Vienna, Austria. Funded by KÖR - Kunst im öffentliche Raum, Wien.
By Frida Robles & Lasse Mouritzen
To think of the city as a story allows us to reflect upon the various narratives that each of its elements convey. Everyday life is written and rewritten by the city’s inhabitants, urban planners, governmental institutions, weather conditions, traffic, animals, etc. Like every story needs pauses for a reader to reflect on the unfolding narrative, a city needs blank places constrained from urban programming. Places which stay undecided, undefined and always in becoming. Open to new narratives, granting a space for imagination, uncertainty and immediacy. Allowing the city to breathe between the defined and the undefined.
This place is intentionally left blank is a poetic gesture, contributing to the belief that vacant lots are essential conditions for a diverse, vibrant and democratic city culture - and not only means for capital investment and city growth. By labelling an urban void as an “intentional blank place” Robles and Mouritzen wish to accentuate the unavoidable correlation between poetic possibilities, strategic planning and capital interests.
Opening date: May 10th
Running: May 2021 until December, 2023
Location: Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
Funded by: Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien (KÖR)
Supported by: brut Wien, ÖBB, BAI
Produced by: partner in crime
Planning consultation by: Antonella Amesberger
Manufactured by: Lichtwerkstatt Knoll