Minidor.white text on the backside
one projector with laptop and UPS
The shown images are videostills of the documentation video.
25.12.2010, Bangalore, India
While walking or driving through the city every day, several times even, again and again, one develops a certain way of perceiving the surrounding strcutures. As you walk through the city you bind spaces together in a subjective way: this can never be captured objectively, say by drawing maps to trace journeys, since it is the experience of walking or "passing by" that counts. A simple metaphor for these ways would be "the text", a cluster of words living along a line in space. The rhetorics of texts can be translated to one's personal movement in the urban structure and vice versa.
Creating intertwined paths and weaving places, the pedestrian movements form one of those real systems whose existence in fact makes up the city. - Michel de Certeau
the white text
Bangalore is currently quite popular for huge infrastructural problems. In the early evevning it seems to be impossible to move - you are standing. Every ten minutes the setting of persons, cars and houses change its face quickly, just to get frozen again. The common use of two-wheelers forces everyone to be really close to each other. Faces, Patterns, Parfume, Labors, Ganeshas, Music, Mobiles.
One could use the waiting time to reflect creatively - triggering one's mind with textual screenings happening in between all these cars, bikes and rikshaws standing in the rush hour during sunset. The screen itself was at the backside of a three-wheeler (load carrier). One projector, a laptop and a battery (Uninterrupted Power System) made up the whole equipment. As soon as the signals became red or the traffic flow was slowly enough, everything got switched on.
Short notes, imaginations, collections from similar urban agglomerations around the world were collected from a wide network of writers. Most of them are artist, ethnographers or architects. They walk, use the skateboard, sit next to the street, go by underground every day - and they write about it spontaneously. Roads and pathways are made of different materials, which then are used in a certain manner by the neighborhood. Certain man and woman are crossing the streets at a special time with a unique expression in their faces. On the writer's own daily ways, all things that are seen by him or remembering him on a far away thought, will get woven into a text, into words and questions. While reading and refering the words to one's own position, a communicational atmosphere will arise between the persons - a maybe not outspoken, but floating social network.
___Documentation video, 4:34 min, Vimeo