Blank Media Collective are setting up a workshop and construction site in New City Square. They are fabricating experimental building blocks for a participatory sculpture and temporary monument. When they have enough bricks, they will be asking they public to collaborate in building the architectural structure.

The Social Capital structure will physically exist for barely one day, only a moment in the city’s history, but the collective memory shared by participants will last a lifetime.

The temporary monument will be destroyed on Sunday 30 March. Once destroyed, the remains of the structure will be left, but the memory of the collective experience will serve as a lasting reflection of our relationships to our surroundings and to ourselves.

Social Capital emphasises the communal process of creation over the final product. But, when a finished structure is no longer the focus of construction, what is left when a building is complete?

Looking back more than 6,000 years, archaeologists have found evidence that grand ‘halls’ were built by communities, only to be destroyed shortly after completion. It was believed that buildings had a more significant impact on a community if they existed as a shared memory rather than as a physical structure. Social Capital provides an echo for the near future city of a 6000 year old practice.

Presented as part of City Fictions, a speculative near future city. Institution: public works.