Ping pong tables, potted plants and colorful chairs, are highly surveilled objects able to hide a construction of a past branded for consumption and a construction of a future which has never been less public. As products of compromises between private corporations and local authorities, pseudo-public spaces offer a challenge in speculating – in legal, economic and architectural terms – on how to preserve something that we think we already have but don’t anymore, whilst preserving transformative forms of resistance.

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Stills sequence of the video ‘Trespassing’ by Aldo Innocenzi (Stalker, 1997) in Lieven De Cauter and Michiel Dehaene, Heterotopia And The City (London: Routledge, 2008)

I am interested in physical and ephemeral forms of resistance in order to challenge and exploit the increasingly blurry distinction or superimposition of public and private, domestic and corporate. Deliberate ‘incompleteness’, mirroring techniques and heterotopic spaces will be investigated, aiming for an activist conservation practice for an alternative space of heritage production. 

Alice Meyer


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