Can visual design facilitate processes of community-making and social cohesion?
Full Voids investigates how representations of the urban landscape influence the way we co-habit it. The project, started as Martina Eddone’s graduation project at DAE, during the social design residency at Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven) has taken the shape of a workshop, aimed to create a collective visual portrait of a neighbourhood.
As humans we grow up being shown, and therefore taught, a certain way to live together, depending on the societies and cultures we come from. Exercising an awareness of this by critically reflecting on everyday life and what we consider ‘normal’, is a first step to realising how constructed (and therefore possible to change) most social dynamics, habits and traditions are.
The notion of the void has become the starting point for the imagination of a different way to share the space, based on paying more attention to what is the undefined, the diverse, the “invisible” as vectors of change. A ‘full void’ includes all these points of view that were always there but never had the chance to speak up.