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Dropping off the Baby Dolls at the end of the exhibition and after the Expert Meeting (see THE CULTURAL SPACE) is the act of installation of THIS BABY DOLL WILL BE A JUNKIE in the public realm.

Around a hundred popular and unpopular citizens of the particular country from the areas of culture, subcultures, politics, and scholarship are invited to deposit the ± 20 Baby Dolls of a series in urban public places. These drop off locations are places associated with the lives of the drug addicts represented by the dolls: the locations are determined by the addicts themselves and each place is associated with an event in that particular woman’s life as detailed in her biography.

Groups of two to four people take taxis to bring the dolls to the locations designated and simply leave them there. The doll thus becomes public property and as an object becomes a matter of public concern. The city’s inhabitants or visitors will either accept or reject the dolls, ignore or destroy them.

Each Baby Doll has a label tied to its wrist giving the title of the project and the address of this website.

In the course of this intervention one project participant’s Matrix, in this case Ivana Landmanns, is shown as backlit poster in several City Lights lightboxes across Vienna.

Intervention Vienna

16 October 2009

Drop off Series Ivana Landmann [twenty-three dolls]

Background: what is a THE PUBLIC SPACE space?

This represents, on the one hand, the stations of the women biographers before and after the onset of their addiction and their subsequent stays in isolated spaces. On the other hand, it both enables and demands pluralistic action in order to declare their lives, which have been relegated to the margins of society, a matter of public concern.

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