Narrative Poster Project, Brussels

29.04.09 |

As part of the Citymine(d) Brussels Micronomics Festival, this project is an extension from a previous narrative poster project (The City and its Stories). The concept of micronomics concerns itself with people actioning small, experimental initiatives of exchange. Shifting the communicative nature of the poster this series offers a fictional city-narrative translated into the 12 most spoken languages of Brussels, Belgium. Touching on the phenomena of living side by side, they are the stories of neighbours; of a city and its inhabitants, their dialogues and gestures, bartering and worth.

This project could not have been realised without the support of Sofie van Bruystegem of Citymine(d) and her network of multi-lingual friends who offered translation support.

>> Dutch | French | Turkish | Italian | Russian | Greek
>> German | Portuguese | Lingala | Arabic | Spanish

>> view a slideshow of the posters in context

I give you three carrots and a big pot and you give her some sugar. She cleans their house and then he performs at their cousin’s wedding. The cousins are rather good builders and one offers to fix the porch. His wife sends you some cuttings from the houseplant you liked the last time you visited them. And me? Well it is a very delicious soup!
They are a young and educated couple. She knows she should buy bras from the bra shop and bread from the baker. He knows that he should buy meat from the butcher and flowers for her at the florist on the corner. Instead they get into their car and buy it all at once at the big store on the edge of the city; the store that has everything. And when they are older, they will reminisce about the bra shop, the baker, butcher and florist.
The banknote purchased bread and was given as change for a frozen dinner and beer. It traveled by train where it bought coffee at a station and returned by train that evening to the same city where it started its day. It was placed inside a birthday card and given to a grandchild, who kept it, and keeps it to this day, unable to decide on what could be worth its exchange.


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