Welcome to Meeting Grounds,
In the physical form of a mobile trailer, Meeting Grounds operates as an assembly point to collectivity explore, articulate and question the current functions of planned urban space, shared public resources and technological advancements in the city of Eindhoven. In doing so, this year-long programme of meet-ups and events intends to activate the social and ethical foundations of the sites in which we enjoy our cultural lives and establish common ground in doing so.
Meeting Grounds seeks to map the numerous networks of community, grassroots initiatives that exist within the city and support the resistance of the inhabitants of Eindhoven by strengthening connections between individuals, organizations and communities and encouraging self-organisation and co-creation in order to nurture the texture of our social life within our interconnected city.
By combining the everyday, lived experiences of Eindhoven’s diverse range of locals with experts from both inside and outside of the city, we wish to engage with the pressing social issues of today. We have selected three locations of activation: the Eindhoven Public Library, Strijp-S and the TUe Communal Gardens to explore ideas of publicness, connectivity and shared urban spaces. For the public library we seek to understand what a library can offer a public both as a knowledge resource but also as a shared, communal space. With Strijp-S we investigate its ongoing journey between publicness and privatisation, alongside the use of public squares and spaces that support social, political and economic means and the invisible boundaries this can create. Finally, with the TUe communal gardens, we investigate the relationship between the urban and the rural and how movements such as guerilla gardening can be seen as ways of occupying space, building self-sufficient communities and providing tools of resistance.
For each individual location we will park the trailer in the vicinity and offer a full programme of expert-talks, workshops, reading groups and informal meet-ups across the three months of the trailers’ residency that each explore key themes raised by each location. Through such programming we wish to stimulate and strengthen relations within an increasingly planned and information-dense city. In doing so we will collaboratively expand beyond just the location itself into the lived experiences, habitual uses and needs of all of our city-neighbors, aided by drawing upon fiction, experiment, criticism, mapping and more.
The ideas and conversations exchanged within these meet-ups will be documented through different formats and released around the city in freely available zines (newspapers). At the end of each edition a publication will ensue that continues the exploration into the ideas raised in these meet-ups.
By using meet-ups as its very core, Meeting Grounds provides an ever curious, socially facing and evolving hosting space where the city can be both figuratively and literally dissected and reconnected through a multitude of voices, experiences and perspectives from various backgrounds, specialisms and interactions. All connected by their relationship to the city of Eindhoven.
You are welcomed to help shape this shared space within our remarkable city.
Key Questions of Meeting Grounds
- What is public space?
- How do we build communities through these space and place?
- What can an intervention in public space show us or teach us?
- Who or what controls how we navigate cities and spaces?