MAINTENANCE – AND THE (REAL) FACE OF THE CITY
Everyday though out the year the city of aarhus is being cleaned by a big team of street cleaners. But different event in the city means that more workers are needed. This mapping is creating an overview of how much and how often the city needs to be cleaned.
The project focus on three different characters that are maintaining different layers of our city in different ways: The Street Cleaner, The Delivery Rider (Wolt) and The Night Bouncer.
Common for all of them is that they are seen as invisible and the work is often not appreciated. I want to bring a focus towards them and make the work they are doing visible.
In the project, the word ‘invisible’ is used to denote the invisibility of the workers to most citizens since their hours of operation occur when no one is inhabiting public spaces. The fact that certain forms of urban labour are hidden away from everyday life creates a distance between them and us, and in my opinion, the work is very often not recognized or appreciated.
AREAS OF EVENTS
The project finds its sites in the city centre of Aarhus close to the main canal. It is in this area all three characters for my project are mostly operating.
In addition to invisible forms of labour, there are streets in this block that also have a component of invisibility and little maintenance.
The streets that have been a great focus has been Fiskergyde, Fiskergade and posthussøgen.
These three streets are the backsides of popular, touristic streets, and act as service corridors for the delivery of commercial business that can be seen as another type of ‘invisible’ labour.
At these streets, public life feels different as it becomes an attractor for more underground activities.
Common for all of the streets are that they function as alley, and the lead you from one place to another. It is not a place you stop or spend time.
I believe these places are as interesting as more ‘important streets’ and that they tell an important history and story of Aarhus that tends to be concealed.
The streets Fiskergade and Fiskergyde have a hidden and untold story that dates back to the year 1400.
Back in time, this was the area where fishermen and the poor part of society lived.
With this project I want to bring the place back to the workers and bring a focus towards these non-popular places that also is a part of our cities.