Thursday, September 18, 2008
REUSE PROJECT 2 : Tel Aviv
The REUSE PROJECT 2 here in Tel Aviv was a great success and has accomplished its goal to raise public awareness about the issues of abandoned and publicly forgotten spaces in the process. REUSE PROJECT 2, like the first REUSE PROJECT in Jerusalem last year, has become a larger challenge to the public and an exercise in space liberation, urban renewal, and guerrilla art. Its about giving back something positive to the community and making a social statement through our expressions at the same time.
Although disappointing, we had anticipated the closing to be inevitable because most "post-industrial cities" are too close minded about reuse concepts of this kind and proportion, mainly because of its capitalist nature, it just doesn't have the money (what it calls "resources") to rehab buildings, when the real resource of any populated area is the population itself...so the closing is part of the exhibition too...we have had many local people tell us about the closing with frustration...and its actually a good thing for raising even more awareness of the neglected space issues within Tel Aviv as well as showing people the inefficiency of using capitalism (and any imitation of it) as the only tool to reuse these places (their are abandoned and forgotten buildings all over the world!).
So, in summary, after twelve days of showing...REUSE PROJECT 2's door may come open again but not in relation to our show here but we hope that the next time the those doors open that it will be as an action of the people, perhaps by those who want it to be open because they now see the value and potential of the no longer forgotten space...
Again...thanks to all of you who helped to manifest this project and its vision! REUSE, RESIST, and INSPIRE!