Bristol Biennial, In Other Worlds
2 - 10 Sept 2016
Intervention, workshop and presentation
Marieke Warmelink & Jasmin Moeller
DIY-City operates as a new civil service in the municipality of Bristol. Tackling Bristol’s underlying
stories, artists Jasmin Moeller and Marieke Warmelink play the role of city- consultants. Through a
series of performative interventions Moeller and Warmelink offer the city and its citizens a
cooperative platform to investigate, propose and work with alternative ways of decision-making.
Vision of DIY-City
DIY-City CITY aims to reconnect the experience of the individual with the complex organism of the
city and its managing board whilst challenging various working methods.
DIY-City aims to
• give a Voice to the Unheard
• give a Face to the invisible
• reconnect individual with complex organ of city
• using Playfulness & non-rational thinking
DIY-City uses a cross-disciplinary approach to review and reconnect the city with its inhabitants.
The project combines regular research methods with creative and playful methodologies. Doing
so, underlying problems of a city can be faced, seen from a different perspective and innovative
solutions can be found.
DIY-City dares to ask unexpected questions and therefore receives unexpected answers.
DIY-City is a collaborative project developed to empower Bristol citizens from within. DIY-City is a
project initially designed in commission for the Festival of Ideas; Bristol Biennial, In Other Worlds,
2016. Based on the positive feedback of the project, the intense collaboration with the residents
and the network that has been created in Bristol, the need to continue in Bristol has been
expressed by different parties.
General Context DIY-City
There have been strong signs for the need of political discussion in our everyday roles, for
communal action in the streets and behind closed doors. Public opinion needs to be fed back to
our political institutions and representatives in a positive, affirming way.
The project aims to investigate the possibilities of re-designing a city's process of decision
making with and by its inhabitants, which, doing so, reflects the time and society people live in
today. It is an approach that actively involves the audience, questions convictions and challenges
inhabitants to take a political position.
The project aims to deliver unexpected outcomes by bringing together art, alongside scientific
approaches to create alternative methods and ideas that can be of value for councils, science and
DIY-City has become ever more necessary and significant a work to bring into the city. It brings
hope of international exchange , political and humorous conversation , diversity in togetherness,
and empowerment to the people .
The goal of the DIY-City manifestations is to provide a platform to enhance the level of
connectivity , to create space for new thoughts and experiment. The power of self- initiation is
one of the leading strategies.
All persons involved in organizing a city including institutes, residents and city council.
Working Method DIY City
The working method is split up in four phases;
2. Public workshops using systemic constellation techniques
3. Final presentation
4. Follow up
Phase 1: Research
● Online and ground research to gather information and first impressions of communication
between City Council and citizens of Bristol.
● Performative public consultation in the form of a survey; an inquiry for all wishes, needs
and complaints of citizens, taking place in one or more different areas of the city.
Fri 2 Sept 6-8pm: The Bearpit
Sat 3 Sept 1-3pm: St Nicholas Market
Sun 4 Sept 12-2pm: Bedminster Tabacco Factory
Phase 2: Workshop: Re-designing the City
For the public workshop the inhabitants and diverse parties in a specific living area are invited.
The session is delivered by the DIY consultants in collaboration with a systematic therapy specialist.
Systemic constellation is a method which uses personal input, play and ideas of participants. It
helps to visualize and surface an underlying problem within one or more communities. A specific
topic or underlying problem is acted out using simple body movements, gestures and words. In
this way, the subconscious levels are addressed rather than merely the rational. The hidden core
of perpetuating problems can be addressed which opens up the path of potential change.
Participants can make their voice heard (participate) or contribute by simply observing (audience)
what takes place during the event.
The strength of this working method lies in the fact that all participants including the audience
play a vital role in re-designing the city; the working process is a shared action leading a
communal solution. Another strength lies in the interaction between participants which creates
understanding and a feeling of togetherness.
The private and intimate setting creates an atmosphere where people feel listened to, taken
serious and understood. As a result participants feel empowered, part of the problem as well as
the solution. This is what we call leadership from within.
Wed 7 Sep, 6:30-9pm:
Colston Hall, 3rd Floor
Phase 3: Final presentation
The outcome of research and workshop is presented by the participants of the workshop
supported by DIY-City consultants for the general public/inhabitants of the specific area in the
form of a public presentation. DIY-City Consultants support the participants with evaluation and
presentation techniques to make their voice heard. The presentation is accompanied by an official
advisory report for the City Council. The report is a collection of data and at the same time an
evaluation of information, responses and critical reviews which have been gathered during the
DIY-City work process.
Fri 9 Sep, 7-8pm
St Werburgh's Community Centre
Bristol City Council
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Contact us for for more information or order the most recent advisory report of DIY- City in Bristol
2016 “ Bristol's biggest problems and how to solve them; A different perspective towards