Prescriptive Space is a temporary public installation of ceramic figures on divided city benches designed to prohibit people experiencing homelessness from sleeping. The bisections of the figures not only highlight the handrails but also contain information related to Gainesville’s history of public policy and movement of marginalized people. My work seeks to make visible the politics of urban design and invites the community to reconsider our use of participation in public space. Installation performance exists as video documentation of interactions between the ceramic figures and the public at three city benches, capturing moments of discovery, discussion, humor, aggression, and compassion.

Charity White is one of the exhibiting artists for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.

IMAGE: Charity White. Prescriptive Space: SW 5th Ave. and SW 13th St, 2016. Video still, ceramic installation.