Speciwomen, Issue 5
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Meeting Grounds is a year-long artistic project initiated by City Curator Amy Gowen, that operates as an assembly point to collectively articulate, explore and question the role of public space in the city of Eindhoven. Facilitated on a programme and publication basis, Meeting Grounds uses a range of meetups, workshops, talks and events to activate the sites in which we enjoy our social, political and cultural lives. Aiming to establish common grounds in doing so.
The second Meeting Grounds location of activation was Strijp-S. A compelling yet complex composite public domain that bridges public and private, tangible and intangible and space and non-space.
To situate this active inquiry directly within the city of Eindhoven, Meeting Grounds organised a month-long programme exploring Strijp-S, previously referred to as “a state within the city”, and more recently known as the city’s most “multi-functional urban area”, as a site of industrial-cultural heritage. In doing so we wished to investigate the multiple histories of the area whilst examining its more recent identity as a home for technology and innovation. In conducting this research, Meeting Grounds formed collaborations with a number of respected Architects, Designers and Researchers including Paolo Patelli and Giuditta Vendrame, Paloma García García , Mechteld Jungerius and Chiara Dalla Libera.
Meeting Grounds Reader Two: Strijp-S intends to continue the work of this Edition programme to further explore Strijp-S’s complicated relationship with public and private space and its contribution to the tangible and intangible cultural histories of Eindhoven.