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Meeting Grounds Edition Two: Goes Online

(online program (April-June) & physical exhibition( June- August)

Onomatopee 190.2
Meeting Grounds is an ongoing artistic project that seeks to explore ideas of publicness and public space within contemporary society. With current global phenomena limiting our access to certain spaces and ultimately confining us to our private spheres, we are urged to rethink our relationship to space, place and community; alongside the values that we place upon them.

Online program of participatory events (April 6 - June 28)
sought to examine the impacts of such limited access whilst simultaneously exploring the new digital spaces of community produced in response. The  program was divided into four thematic cycles, each looking at different aspects of place and space, including liminal public spaces as sites of community, body politics as markers of citizenship, dualisms of place, codes of community, care and intimacy in digital space and the spatial blending of public spaces in private arenas.

Meeting Grounds Exhibition (June 18- August 23, 2020)

With current global phenomena limiting our access to public space, we have been urged to rethink our relationship to space, place, connectivity and community. The Meeting Grounds Online program of participatory events (April 6 - June 28) sought to examine the impacts of such limited access whilst simultaneously exploring the new digital spaces of community produced in response.


This exhibition is a presentation of the results of the online program alongside a continued exploration into the changes that have occurred and the ways in which we will continue to navigate the restrictions of space and the ongoing effects they have on the control of our bodies, our movements, our habits and the ways in which we recognise, form and maintain community. 



Join us for our weekly Meeting Grounds programme of online, participatory events to explore the new digital realms of public space and community that are coming as a result of such restrictions.

We host four cycles, each spanning one particular topic, that last for three weeks per cycle. All of these will be archived below. 
Cycle one: public space and the body (April 6 - April 26) 
Cycle two: the colonisation of the rural(April 27 - 17 May)
Cycle three: public space in private arenas (18 May -June 7)
Cycle four: Spatial Blending: Public Space in Private Arenas (June 8 - June 28)

Within each cycle we host the following program events: The Common Room, Reading Group, Writing Workout, Zine Workshop and finally the Talkshow Podcast. For more info see below!



* Cycle one: public space and the body

During a time where we find our access to public space increasingly limited, we begin to look at the body politics involved in such restrictions and regulations. How are the ways in which we engage with and place value on public space now altered, how do strict bodily rules influence our relationship to citizenship, space and place.

Cycle 1 of Meeting Grounds Online seeks to understand how semi-public places such as balconies and windows are being used as sites of liminality for community and as arenas for spectatorship and the gaze. Alongside deconstructing the act of walking in this current time and how this is influencing the ways we engage with certain spaces. To understand how movement, the body and the mind form a huge part of our perceptions of place.

* Cycle two: the colonisation of the rural

In an effort to escape the over-crowded urban environments of major cities, the more affluent sections of society have been retreating to their second homes, which are, more often than not, situated in rural outposts.

The result of such retreats and, essentially, colonization, lead to increased populations in smaller areas and a higher risk of the spread of covid in the rural locations that already face limited resources and less funded healthcare facilities. Even everyday activities and places such as supermarkets have seen an influx of not-so-local shoppers, taking over their smallholdings. All to the extent that permanent residents now feel scared to leave their homes and to visit their local public spaces in fear of excessive use and overcrowdedness.

This second cycle of the Meeting Grounds Goes Online programme will be working with artist Amy Pekal to investigate the relationship between the rural and urban in these current times - two sites that are so often spoken of in terms of binaries and dualisms. Collectively we want to examine the values we place on such spaces and of our habits of usership and care.

* Cycle 3: Codes of Community, Intimacy and Care in Digital Space

At a time when we desperately lack physical contact and connectivity yet our online, collective presences continue to expand and inflate, Meeting Grounds asks how we recognise codes of community in the digital sphere? And in doing so, how spaces of care and intimacy look and behave on the internet? 

Our series of upcoming events seek to explore ideas of online community and social solidarity, to think about how the forms in which we communicate and exchange are changing and evolving, with particular attention to the role the digital sphere plays within this.

How can written and verbal cues, body language, visible and invisible community symbols, the gaze and acts of silence we are accustomed to in the physical sphere translate over to the digital sphere? How do we individually and collectively hold ourselves in these digital public spaces and communities we forge? How is intimacy and care navigated and maintained in such spaces?

Join us for Cycle 3 of the ongoing Meeting Grounds Online program for our discussion group, reading group, writing workout, zine open call and Club Silencio to collectively explore our current codes of community, intimacy and care in the digital sphere.

* Cycle 4: Spatial Blending: Public Space in Private Arenas

During the period of isolation our cities, towns and highstreets have been deserted. Abandoned from their function as acting as public spheres. When people cannot occupy parks, libraries, beaches, town squares, shops or even pavements where does human activity take place?

In the up-coming cycle of meeting grounds we aim to explore different mediums of spatial interaction. From Google street, and webcam views of tourist destinations, to the need for us to extend our domestic living spaces to observe multifunctioning spatial roles. 

Is there room for a new defining collective domain which we will adapt to during this period of lockdown? Can we collectively share peoples personal domestic living spaces through digital visualisation? How has this lockdown changed our domestic spaces and how we experience them in form and function? 

In our concluding fourth cycle of meeting grounds we explore these new spatial dynamics alongside Brogen Berwick a spatial researcher from the Design Academy Eindhoven, join us for an online discussion platform, a live podcast reading experience, and an immersive writing practise!


* The Common Room
Every three weeks we will dedicate an hour to discussing a different topic related to the changing nature of public space within our current times. A text will be selected as a departure point for our discussion, however reading is not essential for participation.
We invite you to join in the conversation, to share anecdotes, experiences, theories, questions and ideas so we can collectively explore the changing nature of the spaces that form our daily lives.
All events will be recorded unless otherwise requested and for archival purposes on the Onomatopee website Meeting Grounds page.

Discussion Group 1: Tuesday 7 April - 17.30-18.30*
 “Liminal Spaces”. Balconies and windows as semi-public spaces and sites for community
Discussion Group 2: Tuesday 28 April - 17.30-18.30*
“Escape to the Countryside” the colonization of the rural
Discussion Group 3: Tuesday 19 May - 17.30-18.30*
Topic TBC
Discussion Group 4: Tuesday 9 June - 17.30-18.30
Topic TBC
*Netherlands time

All held via Zoom

* Reading Group
The Reading Room reading group will discuss a selected chapter from one of the featured titles in the Meeting Grounds online library, to look at particular issues, topics and questions regarding public space in our current times.
Join the Meeting Grounds Slack group to access a selection of titles that each work with ideas around public space and to download the reading for each Reading Room. All events will be recorded unless otherwise requested and for archival purposes on the Onomatopee website Meeting Grounds page.

Reading Room One: Thursday 9 April 17.30-18.30*
Rebecca Solnit Wanderlust: A History of Walking looking at walking as an act of citizenship
Reading Room Two: Thursday 30 April 17.30-18.30*
Olga Tokarczuk Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead looking at the relationship between the urban and the rural
Reading Room Three: Thursday 21 May 17.30-18.30
Reading and topic TBC
Reading Room Four: Thursday 11 June 17.30-18.30*
Reading and topic TBC
*Netherlands time
All held via Zoom

* Writing Workout
Join us for our writing workout series that will flex your fingers and get those creative juices flowing. We will look at different forms and techniques of writing and that relate specifically to using and thinking about space and movement. Feel free to share your writing at the end of the workout via our organised and secure pad, or keep it to work on further at a later date.
All writing workouts will be archived and can be found on the Meeting Grounds SoundCloud page:

Writing Workout One: Flaneurism and Poetics of Place
Wednesday 15 April 17.30-18.30 *via Instagram Live @onomatopeenet
Writing Workout Two: Rewriting the Rural
Wednesday 6 May 17.30-18.30 *via Instagram Live @onomatopeenet
Writing Workout Three: Topic TBC
Wednesday 27 May 17.30-18.30 *via Instagram Live @onomatopeenet
Writing Workout Four: Topic TBC
Wednesday 17 June 17.30-18.30 *via Instagram Live @onomatopeenet

* Netherlands time


* Zine Workshop
Meeting Grounds works on a programme and publication basis.
To celebrate the influx of community spaces being created in response to current restricted social and physical measures, the Meeting Grounds Online programme wants to produce a publication that s community-led and horizontal in approach.⠀
The Meeting Grounds Goes Online publication will therefore consist of a total of four Cahiers created over a period of two months, that each respond to a different set of themes. Every three weeks we will announce the themes for each Cahier and contributors will have one week to create and send their responses to amy@onomatopee.
We are encouraging and accepting a range of responses, from all forms, styles and disciplines.
Once all four zine cahier open calls have ended we will compile all contributions and print the zine at the Onomatopee Space at the end of June. The publication will be distributed for free.

Cahier 1 Open Call Announcement: Friday 17 April 18:00 via Instagram live @onomatopeenet
Deadline: Friday 24 April
Public Space and
The body
The mind

Cahier 2 Open Call Announcement: Friday 8 May 18:00* via Instagram live @onomatopeenet
Deadline: Friday 15 May
Themes TBC

Cahier 3 Open Call Announcement: Friday 29 May 18:00* via Instagram live @onomatopeenet
Deadline: Friday 5 June
Themes TBC

Cahier 4 Open Call Announcement: Friday 19 June 18:00* via Instagram live @onomatopeenet
Deadline: 26 June
Themes TBC

*All Netherlands time

* The Meeting Grounds Talkshow Podcast
Released every second Sunday
The Meeting Grounds Talkshow is a podcast in conversation with creatives around the globe, that engages in how different cultural, geographical and political structures can influence our relationship and understanding of public space.
The podcast is very much a product of this time. The world is changing. Our sense of public, of private, of space, of place, of community is in constant flux. These are phenomena worth studying, documenting and tracing. It is fast becoming clear there is no going back from this current state, but much to take forward with us.
The Meeting Grounds Talkshow is a podcast that invites audiences to enter the private realms of creatives and investigate how individuals from different backgrounds, professions and interests understand and relate to Public Space and how these very meanings are changing before their (and our) eyes.
All episodes can be found below.
Episode 1: Domesticity and the Home with Elia Castino (Sun. April 5th)
Episode 2: Public Space in the Digital Realm with Floriane Grosset (Sun April 19th)
Episode 3: Robin Barry and Public Space in Fiction and Storytelling (Sun. May 3rd)