This week we’ll be talking with Matthew Slaats about Freespace and PAUSE, projects which he has developed over the past few years.
PAUSE (People Art and Urban Space Exchange) is a catalyst for community engagement and development by partnering artists with local organizations to rethink, resee, and reclaim lost narratives and urban spaces. Since 2010 PAUSE has seen Poughkeepsie, NY as a creative laboratory for artists wishing to see their work impact the local community. Through projects such as A Time Machine for Now, Follow my Lead and the Fallkill Urban Green Corridor Plan, PAUSE creates conversations about what the city could be.
Freespace is a digital archive of spaces that have intimate meanings. By working with individuals and school groups, the project has explored the connections people have to place through their experiences. The objective of the project is to create a series of micro sites that serve as an international commons where stories and understandings about place can be shared.
These projects are trying to build questions about the presence of the artist in the community and the active roles artists may play in community engagement. We’re definitely up for a debate on these questions, with anyone interested!
Join us on Skype (skypename: ‘basekamp’) – or in person if you happen to be in Philadelphia (this week we’ll be meeting at Capagiro Cafe on 13th & Sansom Streets).
See you all then!