Artists Diane Mitchell and Marko Gosar created the community engagement project “The Temperament of Space – Yonkers” to collaborate with adults of various ages and backgrounds who have an enthusiasm for the sights and sounds of the Yonkers area. To facilitate the collaboration, several public workshops and presentations have been held at Riverside Library, which is part of the Yonkers Public Library system.
Members of the community drive the vision of the project and contribute their unique energy to discussion, hands-on experiences and prototyping. We work together with user-friendly programming and low-cost, DIY materials, and test our ideas in fun, playful ways. Community members record imagery and sounds and design the flow and interplay of these elements. We join participants in developing ideas, producing media elements, and finally in assembling interactive installations.
Through the process of creating the event, community members investigate their environment and arrange visual and audio touch points to bring focus and energy to the chosen exhibit space. It is our hope that this shared mindfulness will generate new dialogues.