THE CITY OF COOL
REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT for WESTEND 05 - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - Festival at Leipzig/Plagwitz.
10th - 19th June 2005
The Project of RG
proposes a temporary re-naming of the streets in Leipzig/Plagwitz
during the festival. In the framework
of the activities there are created street signs, which replace the normal signs.
The project puts
into question the compatibility of democracy and the rules of a free
market. Starting point is the dynamic process of a re-orientation,
which is taking place at the moment in Leipzig Plagwitz. The quarter
is still affected by the history of a ran down industrial era, but
offers at the same moment a varity of free space. The omnipresent
vacancy and unused urban waste land contrasts to initiatives by inhabitants,
a growing art scene, small enterprises and fficial city planning strategies.
RG is interested in the role, that plays culture in this new growing
system of values. How does it happen, that a district of a town gets
the reputation to be "in". How does it become a staging
area for artists and entrepreneural activities?
By overlaying the historical street names with actual and trendy concepts, the attentions is drawn to the current developement of this district of the city. The temporary re-naming shall create a sensibility for the synergies and contradictions, that are part of the city developement process.