Luciana Benaduce FigueiredoAlumnus
My artistic point of departure happens upon observing the environment where I live. The city is the main subject of my work. I have always been interested in architecture, urban signals, the area where private and public space are inter-connected. I constantly walk around urban spaces to experience them as a source of research for my photographic works, my video projects and public interventions.
Based on these explorations and perspectives, the idea of the flâneur has increased in my method of working. For me a walk in the city is a sort of experience. We live in a different time from the flâneur. The city is always changing and people have less time to be on the street. I am still passionate about observing the city and walking in it.
My work “Cobertores” that was a public intervention in the city centre of São Paulo, and my last work “Hut” that was a public intervention in one of the playgrounds of Aldo Van Eyck in Amsterdam are examples of the combination of private and public. They show a direct relation between space and housing. I am also thinking about the blankets (private) as an object related to covering and guarding, as a metaphor to creating someone’s shelter (private and public).
Since I arrived in the Netherlands, I started to research Aldo Van Eyck and his playgrounds projects. Aldo believed that the city and the playground were to be experienced as I believe in my shelters and huts. Further my temporary constructions and his playgrounds are places for inter-relation, meetings, interactivity, human encounters, collective events, places to converse, places for connections and citizen participation.
As I studied more of Aldo I realized that his play in the playground has a lot of reference to the art works. Stijl has influenced Aldo in his works. Going through this movement and the artists involved with Stijl I found interesting works by Theo Van Doesburg, especially his “Rhythm of a Russian Dance”, 1918.Which I interpreted as a labyrinth where you have many possibilities to get in or start. This work influenced my project, as an artist because I am interested in the way that the movement is not only formal (colors, lines and shapes) but it also inspires ideas and offers content. Besides this painting I started to imagine this image in the public spaces as an intervention. This painting offers a lot of concepts about contemporary life where all the possibilities are to be used. In this painting I could connect straight to Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the Rhizome as a labyrinth with interconnections.
Despite the playgrounds explicit expression of the ideas of Theo Van Doesburg, there is more than meets the eye. The playgrounds are a street sculpture for public use, based on the quality of life and lives improved by the concept of art.
“Cities If they are not meant for children, they are not meant for citizens either. If they are not meant for citizens-ourselves they are not cities.” – Aldo Van Eyck. This is the relation between citizens and the city, as an integrated part of the process that we relate to every day with home (private) and space (public).