If you were lucky enough to be in the King’s Cross main street on lunchtime Friday 28th, you probably have seen the banners on the main central bridge and a multicolor cascade of leaflets announcing this picnic. If not, this is the link ( www.uchoosecollective.tumblr.com ). And here we are.
The banners were using three bright red and yellow quotes 1) When they come together as to have life (by John Ruskin) 2) everything is open/ all is closed 3) Let’s marry our fortunes together (by Simon & Garfunkel).
We hang them from the central bridge in the busiest moment of the day as an act of appropriation of this brand new building. Open yet closed. Stylish yet cold. A little celebration, something like a carnival, an happening to add something that had yet been missing.
After half an hour, UAL staff came to take them down and cleaned the street from the rainbow we created.
We didn’t vandalize. We threw colored paper.
We were, and we are, just declaring what we all can see: it’s all glass and concrete here.We are the only life in this building. And if this building was prepared around us, as an art school is supposed to be, we want to live it. It is in the declared intentions of who planned this move to King’s Cross to bring us all together: does this reduce itself to a common canteen, big windows, and to a tangible emptiness all over?
These are the kind of questions we ask ourselves, and really we would just like to fill this building with a bit more life. THIS is the place and time to discuss ideas. Spontaneus actions and happenings are easy to create in a space that reserves so many possibilities.
The U Choose Collective is an open platform for debate and action. Is the place were you can find the people you need for the event you have in mind. Or maybe you just want to have a nice talk about something else than the usual pub talk. Let’s provoke a sparkle of thought: “Let’s marry our fortunes together”! Let’s do something.