‘How do people feel about Messestadt Riem?’.
The group of artists calling themselves the Department
for Public Appearances in Messestadt Riem asked local
inhabitants to speak out in answer to this question.
The project focuses on developing of a new way of gauging
public opinion. The Department for Public Appearances
has produced five sets of cloth banners in different
colours with which residents can express the following
opinions: ‘I love Messestadt Riem’, ‘It’ll
all come right in the end’, ‘Yes, but...’, ‘Here
today, gone tomorrow’ and ‘Messestadt Riem– no
Residents were called on to display the banner of their
choice from a window in their home. The opinions articulated
in this way added up to a public image of attitudes
in Messestadt Riem that can be clearly apprehended
During the project, local inhabitants were asked what
they think of this manner of gauging public opinion.
The results of these enquiries, and of the banner displays,
were announced at the end of the event.