What could be interesting or specific in a place which is between, everywhere and anywhere?
Before workshop we had some problem with pointing sharp wonders of Ochota. Only few trails: inventions, aviation and planes, sport…
Ok, as a start point it is enough.
Then, appeared more: for me – Żwirki and Wigury students hostels when my parents meet the first time and when many parties of my friends took places.
For Dorota – more aerial and aeroplane plots which created a vision of ‘winged Ochota’.
For Jarek – Skra Stadium and memories of the time of its magnificencey.
For Asia – mysterious Filtry and many, many more as she lives there….
But it was our meeting with students from Słowacki High School what in fact opened the wonders horn of planty. They mental maps of Ochota turned out so full and crowded as the main street next to school this early morning when we tried to get there before workshop.
Abundance of meanings, images, memories, actions, details started to flow and created multilevel map.
Pizza on Barska street, men with ”too large bottom”, the special bank in a park, black cat, flowers in Narutowicz square, kiosks, first fags in playgrounds and many many others.
And then – a list of slogans which shown that, in fact it is one of the most interestinf part of the city and also one of the most contrastive.
‘Czy słońce czy słota, najlepsza Ochota’
‘Mam ochotę na Ochotę’
‘Mogę tu zamieszkać na Ochotnika’ and many many others, impossible to translate…
But in fact many more happened during our filed workshop. I was amazed that it is possible to involve anybody in anything at 8 a.m next to ‘monument of aviator’ square.
My group was extremely determined – they put the small table next to the bus stop and then were stopping people and ask them to imagine invantions for Ochota and to vote for the best slogan. And… it worked!
After an hour we had an impressive output: more then 50 votes and 27 ideas of invention – just to mentien few:
Monument of Aviatress (or aviator-women;))
Great sandbox in Narutowicz Square for adults and kids
Flower-machine in the same square
Music Bicycle Paths with rainbows above it…
DiscoPolo Club and many many others….. And also some slogan choosed. Then we used them to design logos and stickers which turned out small pieces of art… And would become the hit of Warsaw Breakfest… But about it… later…