10 Minutes Mayor

Date & Location

2016, Bucharest


The Bucharest Architecture Annual: Nomination for the “Architecture and Public Space – Public Space Actions” section

Be a Mayor for 10 minutes!

A participative action in the frame of the project “Actopolis. The Art of Action/ Bucharest-South. Make your Own City!” The South of Bucharest is hidden, difficult to reach and with social and infrastructural inequalities – yet it is alsoassorted, with good and live places and with a discreet, albeit authentic potential…maybe a suitable ground for another kind of urban visions and for a responsible imagination exercise.

We played, imagining the southern part of Bucharest becoming a city in itself. In May, we installed a mobile mayor office in three public spaces in the area. Passersby were invited to become mayors for a short mandate. They took an oath, they received a scarf and a stamp, and then had to take hard decisions. At the end, they received a diploma. Their propositions, questions and ideas will be analyzed and published – a possible sketch of a a future Bucharest-South.
The pavilion will be remounted in Belciugatele village, near Bucharest. Archipera Assocation develops with and for the Roma community there a participative social architecture program. The construction will become part of a dwelling for a family struggling with extreme poverty.

Curators: Raluca Voinea, (tranzit.ro/București); Ștefan Ghenciulescu, (Asociaţia Zeppelin)
Art instllation (concept, design): Daniela Pălimariu, Constantin Goagea
Coorodnator of the research on Bucharest-South: Cosmina Goagea
Bucharest-South Stories: Mihai Duţescu
Program of the installation, social research: Iuliana Dumitru, sociolog
Documentary movie: Vlad Petri
Goethe-Institut team: Evelin Hust, director; Oana Lăpădatu, coordinator of the Cultural programs / Music and Visual Arts program
Colaborators: Matei Popescu, Sorina Dumitru, construction; Dragoș Dragnea, design; Claudiu Forgaci, Maria Constantinescu, research
Operators of the installation: Floriana Genes, Bogdan Stănescu, Sorin Popescu

Actopolis. The Art of Action
Organizers: Goethe-Institut, Urbane Künste Ruhr.
Artistic direction: Angelika Fitz, Katja Aßmann, Martin Fritz

„Cătălina Ioniță” Park
The team: Diana Laura Rizea, Teodora Lică, Alexandra Maxim, Alexandru Brătescu, Alexandru Popa, Sebastian Veldhuisen, with help from: Diana Costache, Ionuț Paraschiv, Andrei Ardeleanu and Ștefania Simu.
Coordination: Lorin Niculae
Thanks to: Cătălin Caragea, Andrei Stroe, Andrei Coman, Gheorghe Percu