Art

David Wills

Work

ZigZag Courant

I was one of fifteen creatives selected to collaborate with the team from Flaneur magazine to produce this single-issue community newspaper in June 2017. Coordinated by ZigZagCity and OMI, the two-day workshop with artists, designers, architects and writers responded to Zuidplein, an area in Rotterdam’s south known for its large shopping mall and nearby Ahoy.

The brief for the 15 creatives was to discover Zuidplein’s character. I took to the perimeter, photographing the edges looking in. I was interested in what was going on outside the mall and used a disposable camera and a low-quality digital one.

What I love most about Flaneur magazine is its editorial unexpectedness. Each issue immerses itself in a street in a chosen city somewhere in the world. Explored on foot, the team uncovers surprising people, stories and histories. When I saw the call-out for this workshop, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.

Zuidplein in Rotterdam’s south was once home to the largest shopping centre in the Netherlands. At the time of this project, it was a little rundown and bounded by busy roads linked by pedestrian overpasses.

The brief for us fifteen creatives was to discover Zuidplein’s character. I took to the perimeter, photographing the edges looking in. I was interested in what was going on outside the mall and used a disposable camera and a low-quality digital one.

The team gathered regularly in Gastronoom, a tropical-themed, neon-lit bar located underneath the shopping centre adjacent to the bus station and overhead metro. Inside regulars popped-in for drinks and snacks curious about what was unfolding in their local. By the end of day, an eight-page newspaper was designed, ready to print overnight and distribute the next day.

It was a wonderful experience, and as an added bonus, a friendship that I cherish has blossomed.

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