Street Art Over Board, 2013

International competition (mention) in colaboration with Peter Morgenstein “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” (Danny Kaye) STREET ART RELATED TO THE SURROUNDING Street Art – the art which emerged and which is essentially connected to its very delicate context framed by the city’s streets. Staged to stimulate thoughts of people passing by and sensibly pointing out socio-political issues, it cannot be recklessly torn off the place it was meant for. Otherwise it would lose its meaning and purpose. To make Street Art even more stimulating and open to wide public, it deserves a presentation platform, a common well visible open forum. The welcoming place where artists could establish their community, where they could meet, discuss and present their work to the curious public. CONCEPT Many European cities are characteristically growing around rivers. The flowing water breeds social interaction. River banks are becoming the centres of urban life and attract more and more people. On the other hand, some places of the promenades could be used better. Old abandoned barges are often anchored along the banks and are naturally attracting young people. Our proposal is to convert one of these vintage barges to the Street Art platform, providing creative space for artists and to become an ever changing urban node for presentation of their works towards the public. Able to move on the river corridors, the barges shall act as an attractor in all the possible positions on the Europe’s longest waterway - Rhine/Main/Danube which links the North Sea with the Black Sea. So it can provide interactions between diverse Street Art communities of different cities and provoke new inspiration to the artists. Our proposal is reusing the barge located on the Old Town’s bank of Danube in Bratislava. DESIGN The existing barge is converted to a flourishing artistic community platform with a natural vintage-style design. It is connected with the land by a pedestrian bridge. The concept is based on a clean variable deck, which does not imply or restrict the artists’ creativity and offers a plenty of space for organizing workshops, performances and presentations. The deck is divided to segments which can be raised and lowered to provide the appropriate layout for any occasion. The deck and the second deck create interconnected spaces affected by each other. The vertical frames are continuously cutting through the decks (they can be lifted up or lowered down) to be used as presentation panels, artistic canvas, cinema screen, space dividing membranes or other structures for installations and various kinds of art. The transformable deck can be modified to the performance area with an open-air auditorium. The second deck is mainly used for artistic workshops and smaller performances, but it offers a great variability. LAYOUT The overall layout consists of three levels: captain’s bridge, deck and second deck. The bridge is used as the main administration and control room. The deck, beside the already mentioned workshop and performance area in the front part, provides in the rear part of the barge the space for localization of the Bar-Café, including the table area, bar and the kitchen with adjacent storage. Next to the Bar-Café toilettes are situated. The administration office and staff room are localized with connection to the captain’s bridge. Two staircases connect the deck with the second deck below. The deck can be used independently to the second deck, which is divided into three independent zones: the separated musical zone with the splittable rehearsal room and sound recording studio in the front, the variable inner space, which can be divided by the sliding frames into 10 closed work spaces or spaces for performing arts activities and closed auditorium in the middle and the technical equipment in the back. The second deck also provides 4 bedrooms with accessories for artists. Toilets and bathrooms are correspondingly distributed around the deck. Our proposal tries to revive one of the scruffy parts of the river bank by giving a meaning and use to an abandoned barge and creating the unprecedented interaction platform between Street Art and public. The mobility of the barge enables and stimulates the contact and presentation of Street Art emerging of diverse cities along the Europe’s longest waterway. Our concept is inviting promising young artists and public to become engaged and express their feelings through art… …so “Let each man exercise the art he knows.” (Aristophanes)

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