Intuitive Atlas of Venlo
A UNIQUE GLIMPSE INTO DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURHOODS IN VENLO
Artist Karin Bastels has, by invitation of Museum van Bommel van Dam, done research into how the people of Venlo experience their environment. In order to do this, she has consecutively lived and worked in the neighbourhoods Vastenavondkamp, Op de Heide, and Genooi in the past few months. In the following weeks she will present the interim results at the future museum building and on various other locations in the city centre. [more info]
There is a lot of data available about a city, most often found in the form of maps and numbers. But not as much is known about others forms of data that come with a city: emotions, stories, and memories. Karin Bartels has been looking for this ‘soft’ data in order to take into account the personal perspective of the inhabitants when it comes to thinking about the future of the greater Venlo area.
In consecutive periods of 6-10 weeks each, she has learned about the three neighbourhoods mentioned above from an inside perspective. She has spoken to dozens of people about the way they use and experience their surroundings. Her journey through the municipality of Venlo has led to a collection of documents, stories, and photographs that give a rare glimpse into life in Venlo. Together they form the Intuitive Atlas of Venlo.
The Intuitive Atlas could be experienced in different forms. A selection of photographs could be, temporarily, viewed through a periscope attached to the future museum building at the Keulsepoort. This literally offered a different perspective on the area. The photographs invoked all sorts of connotations and memories. They let different groups, like students, locals, and professionals look at Venlo in a different way, and they generated new stories as well.
The journey continues
Karin Bartels will share her journey and findings with the public through the means of workshops and presentations on location. By sharing her experiences and the interaction following this, new stories pop up every time. This way the journey is continued and new perspectives can continue to be added to the Intuitive Atlas of Venlo. Interested in attending a workshop? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karin Bartels’ project is part of CALL (Circular Art Lab Limburg), where artists are coupled with societal issues. One of those issues was about attractive neighbourhoods. The Intuitive Atlas of Venlo has been made possible in close collaboration with Venlo City, and housing corporations Wonen Limburg and Antares.