a book about the emergence of a new workers specie for a slower life within our modern cities landscapes
I am very grateful for all the people who shared their everyday life stories, dreams and fascinations with me without counting time. Special thanks to my teacher Jurgen Bey for the incredible support and constant accumulation of bright minds.
Some stories, some drawings, some dreams, some numbers, some titles, some arrows, some talks, some street views, some pictures, some workers, some jobs.
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Sun was shining and birds were singing while the city was living a busy life. Many people with many cars were rushing and stressing. Many workers were talking with each other in numbers, titles and keywords in order to be as fast as possible.
The workers who are constantly busy. The workers who are constantly counting time. The workers who are constantly not having time.
Skyscrapers were appearing here and there.
The bigger skyscrapers were growing, the more workers it could fit. The bigger skyscrapers were growing, the bigger numbers it could host and make. Everyone liked big numbers.
Everything had to be done fast. Eat fast! Drink fast! Walk fast! Time was the most expensive commodity. The city adapted to serve fast too.
Little by little, almost accidentally, good workers created such smart machines and developed so advanced technologies, that skyscrapers became the nests for computers, machines and buttons. Eventually, most of the human jobs were taken over and many workers were free to do what they wanted. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to rush anymore...
They had time to become better friends with their surroundings.
They had time to become better friends with each other.
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Yes. I really like how it is parasited with stickers. Can you imagine how many people had to glue a sticker to make this happen?
Hi! I am good and you?
Hello, Marta! How are you?
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Like a trash bin?
Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do it! Hmmm. I see you want to be a Stickerman!
Yes! I want to make this happen in my street! I want to humanise this trashbin and give colour back to people! Could you help me make a Stickermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uniform?
I got some ideas!
Conversation with the letterman
Hello! How are you? What are you doing?
Hello! I am good, I had a problem with my computer so these days I am practising my drawing by hand. Now I can understand what your job is! I have never known you are drawing letters! Well, now you know!
Such a little thing can become a job...
I would like to spread your beautiful letters in my street!
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Is this letter alone here? What a beautiful letter...
What is written here?
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I will coat it in soap before I bring it to the street.
More people, more stickers
I was a little bored...
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Hey, do you know what happened? Our word which we were making for 3 days, got washed away! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, many things are disappearing every day... Now you can make new ones there!
What is this?
What are you doing?
Hello! I am working.
What is your job? I am giving stickers to people.
What are you promoting?
Promoting? Humm.. Yes. What company did hire you?
There is no company. I just wanted to shape my routine by doing things I like to do. I am spreading the language of randomness and cleaning streets with stickers. It has letters that a strange man created and with the rain it becomes soap.
Aaaah! To clean the city! Very good job! I saw some dirty places around. I know one very dirty bus stop. I have to wait there every day the bus to go to work...
Are you real?
Hello! I think I am. And you? Me too.
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Am I not allowed to play?
Am I not allowed to sit too?
You know, city, I also want to stop some things happening:
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Now my forest is these crazy cranes...
Why are you reshaping even those tiny parts of nature? Now they are all flat, paved and of course, with a fountain in the middle...
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Hello Marta! How are you?
Hello! I am good, I just moved to my new house. So I am happy about reorganizing my life a little. How are you?
I am good! I found a new job! I want to be a StopMan. And I need the uniform. Did you see how all the city was wrapped with stop lines a few months ago?
I prepared some instructions for you how to dress it.
Yes! And I made this 314.2 meters thread
Why is it 314.2 meters?
I dreamt this number
And why do I need the instructions?
Because you will have only one thread, which you will need to dress every morning. It will take you around 1,14 hours.
Wow! My uniform will make me dance. I really like it! Thank you!
Today is swings day!
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Today I am making nests. Do dra you lik w? e
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Look! He is dancing!
Today you can have a private 143 meters run track!
Today is private shadow day! DAY 5
Today you can have the forest tour, which was curated by this great artist.
What is this?
What does it cover?
How it mooooves! < got into hypnosis >
Today I will walk in my street
some days later...
I walk tomorr
Oh I am a little bit tired...
Where does this line go? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s follow it!
Hello! Nice drawings! I use the same tool!
I saw so many different pavements today...
I will make some music for plants
< chalk whispers >
Tiles Circles of moss Zebras
Hello! May I ask what are you doing?
Hello. I am drawing circles.
Is it some kind of meditation?
Humm... We can call it that way...
Would you like to join me?
I would love to, but I already have some plans for today.
Will you be here tomorrow?
Hummm.. Yes... I could do the same circle tomorrow so we can meet here.
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Today I met this guy who was practising some new type of meditation.
He had chalk on a stick and while walking in circles repetitively, he was drawing carefully a continuous line. He invited me to join him tomorrow, I think you can come too.
It sounds very interesting! I would love to try!
I was reading an article about walking meditation but here it seems that he is focused on continuing the line right?
Interesting... It might evolve into a deeper connection with the city and physical surrounding.
wow, how he moooooves...
I was watching you for a while. These moves in circles were so calming...
I am very happy to hear that!
What a huge maze of wires!
It looks like a nest
Connecting, connecting, connecting. This wire connects us all!
It brings us light and let us do things even when the sun is gone.
< working >
< reading >
< having dinner > Hello, nice to see you!
It lights some outside places too!
But our streets still have many dark corners which are so scary at night!
Hello, all dark corners and places which wires can not reach! I will be your lamp!
Hello! Yes, of course.
Hello! Could I read a book here?
< reading the book >
Hi! This street is very dark. Would you like to have my company to cross it?
Hello! I would love to! To be honest, I was a little bit afraid to enter it.
Thank you very much! Good night! See you tomorrow then!
Good night! I will be here tomorrow as well.
Hello! How are you?
Hello! I am good, shining as always. We were wondering, could you come to our friends gathering? we would love to have you around. Sure! I would like to come.
I think I am expanding the city somehow...
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Hey, how are you? Hey, I am good, shining as always. How are you?
Hahah! I am good too! Nice lamp! Thanks! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my work uniform. I am bringing light to dark outdoor places. How did you decide to become a lampman?
Well... I got inspired while walking in the streets and it just happened...What is your job?
I am an architect.
And how did you become an architect?
Well. First, I liked art and mathematic. Then I entered architecture studies because I thought this discipline would combine it nicely... and then... It just had to happen...
So pink pile! Is it pink so the street would have more colours?
Looks so fluffy....
Is it pink that the trashman would notice?
Oh.. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to disappear in a big trash car!!! Does it go to one enormous pink hill right outside the city?
That must look so great but probably would also be very nasty inside... Full of big rats!
No, It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be... This was happening decades ago!
Nowadays probably everything gets sorted and recycled.
But I am sure not all the trash needs to leave! I can help to sort it out and leave the pink for the city!
< slowly leaves his house >
< collects organic trash which he finds in the streets>
Hello, how are you? I am good, how are you? I am good too! I wanted to ask If you have some non-eatable fruits or vegetables? I am collecting biologic trash.
Yes! We put it here
Very good! Can I take it? I will make bio compostable carpets out of it. Carpets?
Yes. Pink carpets! Is it some art project?
I will! You can take it all.
Thank you! Have a good day!
I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of that... But come and see it! I will make it in the park, just around the corner!
You too! Bye!
< going to look for an open soil spot >
< joins many bags together >
< puts 3 tomato seeds in it >
< puts rotten apple and banana peel >
Should we take a picture? Look! So pink!
< takes biocompostable plastic bag >
I will make one next to my neighbour’s door.
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Hey! I am good! I brought you 5 banana peels!
Hello...Today I don’t have it
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< walking around and collecting organic trash > Thank you for cleaning! It is very nice of you!
Hello! You are welcome! How are you?
Hello! I am good and you? I am also good! Sun is really warming today. Yes, beautiful weather.
How will you spend your day in this nice weather?
I have to go to the office to work... And you?
I will stay outside. Maybe make a carpet and sit for a while.
3 MONTHS LATER
< tomato is getting very big >
Hello, trashman, how are you?
Hello, inspector! I am good! I planted many tomato plants in the last months within the streets and 10 of them are already giving the tomatoes! How about you?
I am good too! Did you say 10 tomato plants? Where can I find it?
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Hello! how are you?
Hello! I am good, how are the tomatoes growing?
10 of them are already giving tomatoes! Very good!
Could you give me some seeds of basil? 83
Here they are staying together too!
I will help them stay together!
Hello chef! How are you?
I am good! I came to ask, maybe you could share your best soup recipe?
Hello, I am good and you?
A soup recipe?
Yes, so people can make it themselves.
Nooo! They would be curious to compare the soup they make with yours! And you know, not everyone can come to such an expensive restaurant... So it would make more people happy!
But then I would give away my job!
You are right... have a pen?
Great, thank you very much! Nice hat, by the way! Have a beautiful day!
Oh, how do I enter through this door?
I guess I have to leave my backpack outside....
Hello, how can I help you?
Hello, I would like to know the recipe of the best soup that you are making.
We only sell soups here.
Okay, I will tell you the most simple one!
I would deliver your soup recipe, so people know how good it is and would come to try here!
Wait, let me get my notebook.
Almost! Usually 5 days per week.
Okay, see you tomorrow!
So tomorrow I will pass by, to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiâ&#x20AC;?.
Thank you! Do you work here every day?
< continues his walk >
Hello again! More recipes?
What are we cooking today?
A very simple and delicious soup recipe.
Hello, Here is a recipe for you!
Hello. Thank you!
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Hi, Can I sit here too?
Would you like to share your favourite soup recipe?
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I am delivering recipes of soups
Well, I was used to cook one, that everyone loved...
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Yes, I was used to cooking a lot for my family, but now I am living alone, so I cook really rarely...
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Tell me! Wait, let me get my notebook
You are welcome! Thank you for your company and good luck today!
If it will not rain, I think I will.
Will you be here tomorrow? So if it will not rain, I will see you tomorrow! Bye!
What a huge pile of information!
Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a strange curtain...
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Hmm... I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know exactly... But the sun was really up in the sky!
Hello! How are you?
Hello! I am good! I just met a lady in a park and she shared a very good soup recipe with me.
Well, I am sure there would be more people who would have time to make her company and be friends... What time did you meet her?
Where did you meet her?
In the park next to the Nice place.
She seemed a little lonely so we were both happy to have someone to talk with.
Yes Hello! Hi, How are you?
Do you want an apple?
And how are you? I am good, I am happy to see you. Should we go to the park and lay a bit?
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Okay! Must have been around 14:45 then.
Hello, can I sit here?
Hello! Yes, of course.
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Hello, trashman, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen you for 15 days, how are you doing?
Hello! I was really busy taking care of the tomatoes which I planted around. I am a little bit upset though... One of them was replaced by a rose! It is okay, the rose will be enjoying that soil that you prepared and shining its beauty for everyone.
Where are those tomatoes?
I know... I was just upset because the Hague has only 10 tomatoes within public spaces and like 100000 of roses!
Wait, let me check the map...
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It must be a nice place!
Hello, Marta! Nice house!
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DAY 1 THE NEIGHBOUR
THE LADY WITH THE CHILD Hello! Hello! Hello!
Hello! Good morning!
THE PEOPLE PASSING BY
Hello! THE DOG WALKER
THE STREET WORKER
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Are you a greeter? I am good, I already cleaned all spots I had to clean! I can rest now.
I am good, Today I already greeted 7 people and 1 dog! How are you?
Good morning! How are you?
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Yes, I will start at 7 am.
Yes, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first day of work! So now we are colleagues. Will you be here tomorrow? So I will see you tomorrow I guess!
THE NEIGHBOUR Hello! THE LADY WITH THE CHILD Hello, how are you?
I am good and you? I am good too!
Hello! Have a beautiful day!
THE PEOPLE PASSING BY THE DOG WALKER
THE TALL MAN
THE STREET WORKER Hello!
Hello! What would you like to order?
A glass of water, please.
Hello! Good morning! How are you? I am good and you?
I am very late to go to work... I had to be there earlier today and I forgot.
Oh, having to rush it is not great... Good luck today!
Thank you! You too!
THE LADY WITH THE CHILD
Look, the yellow man again! Hello! THE PEOPLE PASSING BY
THE TALL MAN Hello!
THE DOG WALKER
Oh, I am so sorry! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, he is my friend now! What is his name?
The little one.
Hello, The little one!
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Look, this is the tomato which my friend planted. It is here for everyone but grows very slowly.
It is so nice to lay in the grass.
Yes. I can come and talk with him time to time, I heard plants like when we talk to them. Maybe then they will want to grow faster! 117
What a huge ball taking over the sidewalk!
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A GATHERING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM
< expanding >
What is this thing blocking my way?!
< new in habita
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< plants growing
Yesterday this was not here!
CONVERSATION WITH A CURIOUS CITIZEN
Hello! What are you doing? Hello! I am writing down all thoughts which come to my head.
About this ball? Yes
There are many of it in the city! And it is very hard to take them out! Once I saw one guy taking it away with the chainsaw!
Wait! I need to write it down! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very precious information! Could I take a picture of you?
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CONVERSATION WITH TELETUBBY
e ar u? yo I am good! I just met a man, who told these posters balls sometimes are taken with a chainsaw! This was a great finding for my research! Hello, city inspector! I am good! How are you?
Oh really? It must be a nice thing to see! Do you know when it is happening?
I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask it... Wait, I need to write it down!
....potential for some human event or celebration....
I guess I will go! bye!
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Hello Marta! A New house again!
There are many people who would like to work as city inspectors as well. Could you make some sign for us, that we can add to our outfits? We are a lot!
Here you go. City inspectors patch!
So beautiful! Thank you!
Jobs are changing, appearing and disappearing as well as our streets are mutating too. What kind of worker would you like to be?
I would like to invite you to step into the very near future - the time when technology and machines will reach sufficient levels of efficiency and leave us with enough time to rediscover our human nature. How will the new city landscape look like? What kind of role will humans play within it? Hello Everyone workers community initiate the process of our surroundings unalienation, which, like a virus, is about to spread throughout the modern city landscapes. Their unique uniforms and unusual behaviours, all together â&#x20AC;&#x153;dressâ&#x20AC;? the city and unfold new types of connections with our human & nonhuman surroundings. These connections differ from city to city and from job to job. Hello Everyone workers see their jobs as a way to form new routines, which have a great influence on how we perceive ourselves within our physical and social environment. Thus, their daily appearance within the urban setting ensures that they become part of the city landscape, adding new cultural and social dimensions to our public spaces. This book invites to observe our cities inclusively and tickles your imagination to dream, what kind of Hello Everyone workers we could become.
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