BOOM Projekte Ceci est

2008 Genf, Schweiz, Wettbewerbsbeitrag für eine künstlerische Arbeit im öffentlichen Raum, Konzept und Entwurf Olaf Nicolai, Vorplanung und Visualisierungen BOOM; Philipp Reinfeld, Florian Steinbeck

“…Across the entire area a text in Braille is placed in two dotted lines. The dots of the letters are embedded level to the ground in red tartan. …Some of the dots of the writing are constructed as concrete seating elements…. Apart from the fixed seating elements there are several mobile elements, so-called automatic bollards, usually employed as barriers and which can be electrically raised and lowered. …The text forming the basis for this work relates to the installation site in several ways. On one hand it theoretically and fundamentally addresses the possession and usage of land property and poses the question of the relationship between “public” and “private”. On the other hand it is a text that stands in close relation to the city of Geneva. The text stems from the “Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men” (1753) by J.J. Rousseau. …“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.” …In the proposed work this sentence becomes a playscape on whose surface the use of a public site “takes place” in different ways. Space gains the potential to become a sensually multifaceted experience – pacing off and reading the Braille writing is visual and tactile (according to the different types of floor covering) – furthermore ever new comments on the text, which by this means is continually updated, originate through the usage of the space. The form of the title refers to this – ambivalent – openness: Ceci est, and not Ceci est à moi.” (Auszug aus dem Erläuterungstext von Olaf Nicolai)

site plan

automatic bollards extended

automatic bollards at ground level