Despite the general call for social distancing and staying inside, the municipal medics of city of Amsterdam advise that homeless documented and undocumented citizens – all diverse groups – should be out on the streets during the day. My daily urban activity is now sphering around the people that are forced to go out on the streets of Amsterdam and I am part of a diverse support groups that joins them, following them, homeless groups to the sometimes poorly improvised shelters, tents in an empty garage or cold parks where people stay during the day and the night.
Me and the city
Being one of the supporters I bike through the lonely city, unable to feel connected to the life that other people are having, mainly on the inside. If I look at art and artists, what do they do. Create content? What’s the meaning.
I feel so physically disconnected now from my own art expression and I wonder while biking how the city will evolve the coming years, me including.
Will homeless people be pushed out of the city after these extraordinary pandemic times? Will it be used as an excuses to clean up the city? And will I also feel forced to leave? Or what physical space is needed for a healthy urban life, also for vulnerable groups. How to densify, yet stick to the 1.5 metres, how can and will people have social and visual contact, how can they even maintain physical contact if they want to, or even feel connected to groups outside their own circle.
I feel like a lonely thread, biking through the city. Will only the artists stay eventually that listen to authorities now and don’t stand up for the people that are treated unjustly. Be even more beware of becoming a decorum.