Does a display window constitute the city’s space?
In Ljubljana, empty shop windows are not an unusual sight; sometimes the shop is abandoned because its owner, the leaseholder or its intended use have changed. Sometimes, it’s a result of long denationalisation process, at which time the shops are not in use by anyone. Since the ground floor is an important constituent part of the city space, belonging not only to owners of the buildings but also to other city visitors, it is important to find a temporary use for the public ground floor and its abandoned shops or businesses in this transitional period.
We used the empty windows as exhibition or presentation venues. We invited five contemporary Slovene poets to collaborate: Aleš Šteger, Peter Semolič, Esad Babačić, Peter Čučnik and Lucija Stupica. We presented one poet at each of five locations: we printed selected poetry from their recent publications and placed it in the windows, supported by various graphic designs in the background.
With this project we attempted to contribute to a well planned and friendly city and perhaps stimulate the owners of other empty shops and businesses to do the same.