For three seasons, Janssen and Korsmit work in the Selwerd neighborhood of Groningen. This neighborhood will be renewed in the coming years, which prompted them to formulate an art commission with the aim of bringing people together. Janssen and Korsmit came up with Volkshortus Selwerd, a greenhouse and meeting place in the heart of the neighborhood.
Three afternoons a week, the greenhouse is open. Residents can participate by contributing their own seeds or participating in the various workshops that are held. Over the next year, the greenhouse will grow a plant collection assembled by area residents to represent the residents and their diversity (eighty nationalities).
Thus, over the course of 2023, a portrait of the neighborhood emerges in the form of plants. The conversation turns to the question of when the project is successful, and whether it is far too short, nine months, to really bring people together. And how important is a client in this kind of project?
At www.bkinformatie.nl/podcast Besides listening to podcasts, you can also react to the statements we formulate for each episode. The statement accompanying the podcast with Janssen and Korsmit:
It is not necessary for an artist to commit to a project in a neighborhood or district for more than a year; after they leave, it is up to the residents themselves.