On September 2006 the Amsterdam based centre for culture and politics ‘de Balie’ kicked off its sizzling new season with a diverse weekend showcasing the various aspects of public culture. After a period of ongoing ‘cocooning’ and focus on the individual, the interest in ‘public culture’ seemed to gain momentum. Hence, De Balie’s quest in search of new forms of public culture.

Where are the new forms of public debate? How important are new ways of sharing knowledge, such as for example online encyclopedia Wikipedia? How are we supposed to deal with matters of public fear, intrusive camera surveillance and governmental safety precautions interfering with our privacy? And how can public space be used in a way that goes beyond a domain of display for commercial billboards? The Public Desire was a weekend filled with debates, interventions, reflections, film and art, dealing with public culture. De Vet made several contributions to this weekend:

Wool blankets hung from the windows, giving air to a private gesture towards the public streets. At the entrance of the main rooms, enamel signs said ‘Offered access, the public desire’.  It was a nod to the well known Dutch sign with ‘Forbidden access’ (or ‘no trespassing’), by changing to letters the word ‘forbidden’ changed to ‘offered’. The chairs in the café got the text ‘please sit down, I can stand’ (‘gaat u zitten, ik kan staan’) which is a common sentence placed in trams and busses to stimulate travellers to give their seat to others. And on the tables there were special beermats displaying clearances to familiar signs of residential area’s. In addition the café showed to photo series of ‘New symbols for the Netherlands’ in which certain decreasing moral values are named and placed on ‘cleaned’ signs in public space.кредит без справки о доходах и поручителейкак добавить сайт на google