the world is a village – de wereld is een dorp
The village is back in fashion. With one click, one is now global. So the whole world is already a village. Think globally, act locally. It’s time to become small again, clearer, analogue, practical, family-friendly and more beautiful.
But it’s hard to do without the city or at least urban structures: the advantages of labour, education, health, party and culture, children-or eldercare and multiculturalism predominate against the disadvantages smog, congestion, crime, parking shortage, xenophobia and gentrification. What now?
One wants a place with which one identifies, where one lives, works, celebrates and can evolve. A place you can shape on your own and gives you shape. A place where one lives and not just exists. A place that is unique and stands out, but without exclusion in the first place.
The point is to produce small-scale structures with their personal contacts in an urban environment. With a quality optimized requirement profile for the habitat in 2050 as a site for housing, education, work and leisure with a sustainable energy balance, excellent infrastructure, waste-free green space, trendsetting concept of mobility and innovative use of public space and the ground floors with foot attainable culture and services. An identity-hood with intergenerational, social mixing is desired. One wants to feel comfortable in this microcosm that represents working and living space alike. One meets at the market, at the bakery, in the pub, at the homeopaths and in kindergarten, you work together on training projects and organize street festivals. One is not born into an inevitable social structure but arranges it on personal preferences and needs.
But what elements and constellations does it take actually to create a village out of nothing? In standardized questionnaires t’eig asks people through Europe questions regarding their ideal essential habitat structures.
“What are the 5 objects you need most at the place where you live?” The interviewed people have to select 5 village elements with which they can not do without, or which they desire most: Are that a Church, a gym, a nursery, a restaurant and a theater, or a ski lift, a night club, a bakery and a Museum, or even a swimming pond, a paintball facility, an ambulance, a high school and a café? The questionnaire also asks for energy preferences, mobility ideas and strategies for sustainable development. With the results of the questionnaires t’eig will, for the expedition at Oerol 2016, build or maintain amid the dunes of Terschelling, a village square with various characteristic set pieces, which is bordered and framed by the habitat structures that are most frequently mentioned in the questionnaires. But just as a sketch. The master builder who completes the full image is the fantasy of every single visitor. The individual objects are fenced with tape and specific citations. The restaurant e.g. maybe is marked with a table and a chair, a baptismal font is standing in the church, in the volunteer fire department, a fire hydrant, etc. The whole area will look like a huge construction site just before the builders will start to work.
An actress playing a village resident, will welcome the visitors at the gates of the village and take them to the village square. From there the visitors can overlook the whole site. The village guide will describe the specific structures of this beautiful village. For that the visitors get diverse hints on the characteristics and peculiarities of the village, like: “The home-brewed beer at the inn and the apple pie at the café you simply must try. The glass windows of the church are well known for their fantastic illumination during the morning sun. The bronze sculpture at the fountain has a peculiarity – can you find it. The most beautiful view of the area you have from the town hall tower and the sunset is to be experienced on the old heart shaped bench on the west dike.”
These informations rely solely on the fantasy and the imagination of the viewers. The result for each individual visitor is his personal ideal village. After following the introduction, each visitor can explore for himselve the village and choose his favourite spot and mark that with a stake. The visitors can stay 5 minutes or 3 hours in the site. If there’s no favourite spot for one visitor, they have the possibility to enter the pitch: “what is missing here”.
In this part of the village another resident of the village will demonstrate the thing that is missing for him in this place: namely, the local mountains from his origin home village, which he will present by means of an analogue photo roll. Now the visitor who hasn’t found a place to feel really comfortable at, has the possibility to put his stake into that “something is missing pitch” and mark what lacks in this model village. They write down on a piece of colourful truck tarp the missing object or the discovered favourite spot of the village and describe it. This tarp will be attached to a construction site fence and thus made available to subsequent users.
Through this additional input, the ideal village will continue to develop.