Chance, psychogeographical walk performances through cities with the direction determined by viewers’ die rolls. The die indicates that Derr move forward, backward, right, left, spin, and stand in place. He accepts thirty die rolls and then proceeds on the walk wearing four video cameras. When spin or stand in place are the command, he completes each for one minute. The directional commands take him to the next intersection. After walking with the video cameras, Derr returns to each intersection encountered and photographs the four views, creating a photographic cartography as well. The final videos are exhibited in an immersive four-channel video installation.
Meanderings may seem fairly leisurely and not the least bit political, they propose the radical idea that ways of being in physical space (particularly in the cities) are political acts. The confluence of the détourne and the dérive manages to territorialize the visual. The spectacle is a territory. The city is a spectacle. Both tactics, dérive and détourne, take trespassing as their essential character. They must cross into the territory of others, whether these are the advertisements of Nike or the orderly storefronts of Paris, to produce new meanings.
Nato Thompson (“The Interventionists”)
All I know of this place is, well, nothing. I’ve passed through here a few times. All I have is an impression of the place based on what can be seen from this train, and that’s only very vague of course.
Will I ever know more of this place? Will this place ever hold any significance for me? Who knows …