Dancing in the Streets. Singing a Pattern Language.
Art in Public Space Helle Mitte Berlin, 2012
Can art heal the outcome of bad city planning? Can art events raise the market value of a district, stimulate the dead center and polish its ruined reputation? This intention of the public art competition for Helle Mitte left the root of the problem unresolved.
In a more radical approach Jane Jacobs and Alexander Mitscherlich in the late 1960s had criticized urban planers for putting profit above quality of life and losing sight of the inhabitants. Christopher Alexander went a step further by developing a "Pattern Language": action patterns and instructions for a liveable city. The intervention "Dancing in the Streets Singing a Pattern Language" voices this discourse and temporarily takes possession of the public spaces in Helle Mitte. Along a route a choir sings and recites the theses and a group of dancers performs choreographic miniatures on the places and on streets. The performance took place unannounced.