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.
Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Frida Robles * 1985 Mexico City (MX), lives and works in Vienna (AT)
Lasse Mouritzen * 1988 Denmark, lives and works in Copenhagen (DK)
Lasse Mouritzen, Danish artist and curator based in Copenhagen, his practice focuses on public space and urbanisation. Frida Robles, Mexican artist and curator based in Vienna, she focuses on the intersection between performativity, space and visual arts.
Produced by: partner in crime
Planning consultation by: Antonella Amesberger
Manufactured by: Lichtwerkstatt Knoll