When did you feel connected / safe / actively involved in a public space?
Practices of reclaiming or protesting the city lead to a stronger connection to space. In the moment we as individuals get to take on responsibility and are part of a decision making process, we feel involved and connected with a space and each other. Control by the authorities takes away connection and involvement and some people feel that the public space is not (safe) for them at all. If we share the responsibility in a self-reflective community and are able to take care of a space and the dynamics, the space also takes care of us. Also practices of physical activities such as dance, movement and performance, can foster connection with each other but also with the place itself.
We need structures that allow discussions and exchange about political issues because they can initiate activism and help to reclaim space and promote common values. Everyone should have the possibility and the legitimacy to feel connected, safe and actively involved in public space. Therefore it needs structures that help to make the use of spaces more equal and inclusive.
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