Back in 2005, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson began an ongoing interactive art project that encourages participants to take part in spatial dialogue, developing their ideas through a space-based process as “an important aspect of defining identity”.
The work, called the Collectivity Project, basically involves a big table full of white Lego® bricks, inviting visitors to create and build a fictional landscape communally. It was first exhibited in Tirana, Albania and after stops at Oslo and Copenhagen, is currently on show as part of the Panorama group show at the High Line in Manhattan, New York until 30 September 2015. For the High Line installment of the project involving some 1,800 kilogrammes of Lego bricks, Eliasson also invited ten big-name architecture practices to contribute Lego buildings to the collective effort. James Corner Field Operations, BIG, David M Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP and Steven Holl Architects all supplied contributions, which visitors can now adapt and modify to their hearts content over a four month period.
This project comes at a pertinent moment when citizen empowerment is in flux and the right to participate in civic and democratic decisions is very much under scrutiny. “Building a stable society is only possible with the involvement and co-operation of each individual”, says Eliasson, “…your participation matters and has consequences…” I (sl)