‘Detski son’ is a collaborative visual research with cinematographer Samir Ljuma bound to the location of the main square of Tetovo, North Macedonia. It aims to evaluate the dynamics and usage of the local community and it’s transformation and current state. Listening to stories of the fountain which once gave life and a meeting point to the square. It seems hard to picture it now, 120 Toy Cars are circling on the surface of the square. It is loud and chaotic, passersby are navigating through the lawless traffic. Cars are standing in a traffic jam on the streets surrounding the square. The car is the main mode of transport in the city. The culture of the promenade got motorized. A casual walk is performed within the car. Both connecting local destinations as well as ‘gastarbeiter’ coming for a visit in the summer by car. The car as a symbol of motion, as a symbol of wealth and as an interactive Toy with the ability to predict future habits of driving. Parents holding the remote control of the toy cars in their hands and guiding under the dark clouds of one or Europe's most polluted cities.

Gathering data through informal interviews and participatory observation. The project intends to portrait the current situation and critically reflect on the position of interactive toys and the visual commercialization of public space.

 
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video stills - interview fragments of Xhemail a toy car rental owner

 
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