Ephemeral public spaces in the reinvention of affection: three urban experiences from brazil

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3.3. Cozinha coletiva_ Rio de Janeiro

The design project “Cozinha coletiva” (literally, collective kitchen) was developed by the “Opavivará” group, composed on four members from different backgrounds aged between 25 and 35. The project involved assembling and using a kitchen on a public square for two months in 2012. The project was funded by the municipality through an incentive program for artistic interventions in public spaces. The kitchen had drinking fountains, sinks for washing dishes and food, a wooden oven and stove, tables, benches and beach chairs (Fig. 5). The space had also a mural for posting the activity schedule, and a weekly newspaper to record and describe the activities that had taken place. Temporarily, the group placed elements from the private, domestic atmosphere out on the public streets. This temporary kitchen built on a public square led different types of people, such as passersby, workers, tourists, researchers, students, garbage collectors, homeless people, prostitutes, residents, artists, etc. to meet each other. Around the table and while preparing food, these people shared their stories for a few moments (Fig. 6). The intervention managed to activate functions that had already been devised for that kind of public space, such as the interaction between people, relax, contemplation and leisure.

Figure 5: Collective kitchen in Tiradentes public square in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by “Opavivará” group.

Figure 6: Collective meal in Tiradentes public square in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by “Opavivará” group.

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