Under the question “What traces do we leave behind?” the participants Lucy Fabian, Yen / Wing Yan Lin and Melanie Durrer tried to create a sustainable, safe space at Communitism. In doing so, they explored different questions such as: “What needs can a place have and how can different people interacting with different places change this state?”
The Toilet II: What traces remain? This project was a consequent continuation of The Toilet. Working under the question “What traces do we leave behind?” we tried to create a sustainable safer space at Communitism. While doing that, we constantly circled around other questions like the general possibilities within making art and how to make it accessible to the general public.
Another big question in this process was, what needs a place can have and how different people interacting with different places can change that state. We tested the possibilities of how we can leave a place behind in a “better” condition than finding it in the first place. We did that by using renovation (on the core structure of a toilet) as an act of empowerment and as an act of meaningful impact on places and communities.
Our working process was accompanied by questions on communication within the collaboration. Through the experimental approach of drawing everything we say and, manifesting information non-verbally, our group successfully found a way to overcome the impending language barrier and open up to various forms of collaboration.
In the last step, we translated the practical work from Communitism into the exhibition at One Minute Space. By installing our working materials and setting into the gallery, we opened up the questions on what traces remained from our process, welcoming visitors to interact with the space.
Group members: Lucy Fabian, Yen / Wing Yan Lin, Melanie Durrer
Published: 10. / 11.12.2021
Location: One Minute Space (Athens, Greece) / Communitism (Athens, Greece)
Programme: Transcultural Collaboration