Tell the City What You Want It to Know (The Day of the Children)

For the action Tell the city what you want it to hear  (2016), I arranged for four children aged six to ten to ride in a car through downtown Montevideo, Uruguay, speaking into microphones that were connected to a PA mounted on the car’s roof. I proposed the idea to the children as an opportunity for them to claim space in an urban environment that they experience as exclusionary, and to have their thoughts heard.I told them: “Tell the city what you want it to hear.” A driver drove the car around the city for 45 minutes as the children provided a running commentary on their passing surround- ings. On the car’s roof was an LED screen flashing the names of the children inside the car. The children were provided with a video camera to document their experiences from inside the car. Over the course of the exercise, the children repeatedly announced: “After today, everyday will be the day of the children.”

 

For video documentation: https://vimeo.com/gabocamnitzer/meaningmachine (password: auto)