Adriaan Beukers
Ole Bouman
Steward Butterfield
Ben Cerveny
Elisabeth Diller
Michael Douglas
Maya Draisin
Brian Eno
David Garcia
Marti Guixe
Adam Hyde
Ivo Janssen
Nathalie Jeremijenko
Lee Eng Lock
Winy Maas
Malcolm McCullough
Irene McWilliam
Sugata Mitra
Andre Oorebeek
Chris Pacione
Garry van Patter
Fiona Raby
Hani Rashid
Rick Robinson
Alexander Rose
Tiffany Shlain
Bruce Sterling
Lisa Strausfeld
John Thackara
Tjebbe van Tijen
Michael Waisvisz
MICHAEL DOUGLAS
What does lightness have to do with trams in Calcutta and Melbourne? A lot, according to Australian artist and designer Michael Douglas, who is also Program Director of RMIT University, Melbourne. Like electronic technology, tramways are characterised by their non-linear operative logic of movement. Douglas believes a dialogue with tramways can mobilise possibilities of lightness for the urban condition. At Doors 6, he will propose ways of thinking about tramways and the city, as well as describing aspects of the art-activism project Tramjatra, which is about "imagining the cities of Calcutta and Melbourne by tram." Over the last three years, Tramjatra has been creating temporary public artworks which illuminate the culturally enriching and environmentally sustaining potential of tramways. Tracks enable movement, points our Douglas, yet prompt us to review the way we move. Tracks allow repetition; yet, as Derrida stated, "Repeated, the same line is no longer the same." The tramline, like the design process, is a continuous movement, a journey with no pre-ordained conclusion and no fixed destination. In a purely practical sense, trams are a form of urban transport that embodies lightness, or sustainability. On a more symbolic level, tramlines also offer ways of understanding and interpreting less concrete 'movements' such as information systems and thought processes. Douglas has collaborated with Karachi University, Pakistan, and the National Institute of Design, India. His public artworks have appeared in places as diverse as Melbourne Cricket Ground and on public television; they include a life-size caravan made of birdseed, which was eaten away by pigeons.