TICAB - Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual

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Olafur Eliasson, the artist who presented the Collective Project of Tirana in 2005, says that to him, the LEGO brick project is a micro-model of the situation in which the people of Tirana must often find themselves today: Building a stable society is only possible with the involvement and co-operation of each individual. He adds: "And it is my sincere opinion that it is in the belief that something like this can happen - that your participation matters and has consequences - that the individual's self-awareness and identity are formed. People of the city meet around the large LEGO landscape table: passers- by, adults, children, teenagers, parents with young children, taxi drivers, a relaxed policeman, a class of schoolchildren who saw it on TV, cigarette-selling street urchins and pensioners - who in the old communist days wandered across the same square - tp build, create, push, move, topple or tear down. Altogether a random but broad selection of Tirana's inhabitants who use spatial play - alone or in company - to create their fantasy structures. A mixture of how people see - and what they expect of - the future, and especially a material view of how the past still necessarily plays a major part in defining the spaces of present-day Tirana....Blending the past and the future - and metaphorically renegotiating where you currently stand and who you are as an individual - can be clarified by a spatial awareness of your surroundings: Playing with a spatial toy - for example, like LEGO - can strengthen your ability to see your own body - or physicality, if you like - in a causal relationship with your surroundings."

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