Public Reading of the Daily Newspaper was a participatory project I conducted at Weimar’s Marktplatz. On June 2016, I invited the people that were at the Marktplatz to read one of the many choices of the daily newspapers from a wide political spectrum and to choose an article that they stand for. After choosing the article I invited them to read it aloud on a podium. Inviting the people to participate in this work was in fact a request for them to take a stand about something they believe in and stand for, whatever it may be, and to share it publicly.
I wanted to create an open stage where the people can state their opinion through the use of the newspaper, in perhaps an inversion of the common situation in which the newspaper is thought of as not more than a media tool to influence or control the minds of the people. Here, by reading the newspaper in a critical manner, the people were the ones in “control”.
The contingency element that lied at the core of the Public Reading project provided many insights about issues as privacy, locality, social engagement and the thin border between private and public space.