It’s a small report on our second day at Voykovskaya on Florian Rivier’s workshop Urban ConQuest.
We’ve been very anxious to come back after the great fun we had on the first day when we made an “Ochko-basket” instead of a broken basketball ring. This day we renewed it by adding layers of yellow and blue tape to the paper balls. In case you are going to make your own: balls with cramped paper inside are better than just cramped tape, and fly more steadily.
We had a lot of plans for the second day, including: a pop-up art studio or trees memorials on the tree stumps near the tram tracks, the renewal of an old pool-like children’s place, using metal nets for pop-up lunch bags and get-the-ball-on-the-rubber-string-into-papercup portable game etc., but first and foremost we wanted to make a hammock.
The thing is, we found similarly useless low fence made of metal tubes in the area where many people complained about lack of sitting places. Funny sidenote: when we were asking people about their preferred outdoor games, men talked about ball games and card games, but women tended to talk only about the games their children played. To the direct question about their own preferred game activities, they replied “We grew out of it”. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it is sad nevertheless. Anyway, the lack of comfortable seats worried everybody.
For the hammock we used green fabric net from the construction site, which the workers kindly allowed us to take. Thank you again, if by any chance you are reading this=) To make a stronger frame, we used ordinary string, and wrapped the green net two or three times around the frame and the fence. We managed to get a strong and comfortable seat which literally everyone can reproduce.
After a morning of methods and ethics, the all-girl team of hacktivists led by Florian went into Voykovskiy to practice spontaneous interventions.
Finding a basketball court with no hoops, they involved a local (security guard) in a creative instance of DIY repair.
The goal for the rest of the workshop will be to practice urban hacking skills aimed at a neighborhood intervention that targets play; generating and hacking found materials into spaces and infrastructure for pingpong, basketball, urban games, quests etc.