Friday, 24 September 2010
BURO DE INTERVENCIONES PUBLICAS: TIRE SWINGS IN THE PUBLIC SPACE OF GUATEMALA
The Buró de Intervenciones Públicas (Bureau of Public Interventions, BIP) is a collaborative project by Stefan Benchoam and Christian Ochaita that originated as a direct response to the lack of public spaces and infrastructures for recreation and socialization in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Their work incorporates various elements of architecture, art, design, and urbanism, hoping to modify the way in which citizens relate with the open spaces of their cities.
Their projects encourage the use of public spaces through playful elements and unusual occurrences, and are developed through their collaboration with other artists, collectives and people in general.
The interventions and occurrences that they organize can be read as Situationist gestures that generate reflection and debate about their city. On the other hand, each one is presented as a viable solution to the lack of initiative from the municipal and central government agencies.