In recent years the pavements of many cities around the world have been flooded by colourful so-called "dockless sharing vehicles". With promises of eco-friendly mobility, these venture capitalist companies have occupied both the legal and physical grey zones between private and public space on the streets of our cities, raising important questions about ownership, agency, ecology and economy in contemporary urban space.

The OPENCOIL Workshop explores the impact of such micro-mobility services on (public) urban space by reappropriating their decentralised infrastructure as a space for experimentation, while also addressing the conditions and effects of this infrastructure.

In the workshop, participants will learn how to use a non destructive and non-invasive modification to tap into moving and parked vehicles and create a parasitical network of offline hotspots through the city. These nodes altogether will form OPENCOIL, a collective exhibition that can be looked-for via a map of modified scooters spread through the city, but that can also be encountered serendipitously by passerbys.

The sum of all these encounters wants to provoke new discussions and explore modes of critical engagement with micro-mobility services, their economical, spatial and social impact on the urban space.

The location for the workshop and the call for participation will be announced later in the summer. Please write us an email at if you want us to keep you informed about the workshop.

The OPENCOIL project is supported by the City of Brussels - Department of Culture, Youth, Leisure and Sports.

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