Public kiosk

Andrew Hewitt, Dave Beech, Mel Jordan, Helena Hunter, Roxana Morosanu

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Kiosks are more public, more intimate and more approachable than shops. They have a sociality that shops lack. By taking away the commercial profit-making utility of the kiosk we can capture its social dimension. The kiosk shows how socialism exists inside capitalism, trapped in financial exchanges we can see glimpses of a world of public exchanges.

For the Common Ground event Freee produced 3 banners for the ‘Demonstrate’ space. Suspended over the reception desk the slogans read ‘All information will be common’, ‘Advertising For All; Or For Nobody At All'; 'Reclaim Public Opinion’ and 'Borders are for Crossing'. We also sited the Public Kiosk, made collaboratively with Curating PhD students at University of Leicester. By taking away all retail aspects of the kiosk and replacing its branding and advertising with opinions/beliefs garnered from visitors to this event we can draw out its full social potential. We published people's opinions in and on the kiosk throughout the day. The banners were adjusted by the graphic designer James Smith.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
EventArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Commons First National Event: Common Ground - University of York, Heslington, York
Duration: 21 Jun 2016 → …


OtherArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Commons First National Event: Common Ground
Period21/06/16 → …
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