Ericka Beckman, ‘You the Better’ (excerpt) (1983)
Tercerunquinto, ‘Ampliación de un área verde’ (2004)
Tercerunquinto placed and extended a grass patch in a parking area in Mexico City.
A change in military thinking is taking place these very days, in which the military understands that future wars will take place in cities. If in the past symmetrical warfare was conducted by state militaries in the open fields, today militaries are fighting enclaves of resistance that withdraw ever deeper into the density of the urban fabric. ‘Walking through walls’ is the military tactic of tearing down holes in the façades of people’s homes (and the walls between rooms) in order to expand the battle field from the public to the private space.
Maider López, ‘Football Field 1’, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates (2007)
As part of the Sharjah Biennial, artist Maider López painted the lines of a soccer field red in a public square of Sharjah, adding goals on either end. Because pre-existing features such as benches and streetlamps were not altered, the square became a strange new site for football matches where spectators relaxed on benches inside the pitch at all hours.