The idea of using walking as an artistic practice, is to work autonomously through Europe and Asia by writing and filming his everyday life. He wants to achieve a specific creative state detached from any form of ego by physically crossing landscapes, meeting people or by approaching philosophical practices. He wants to reunite with nature by a possible nomadic life and a quest for alternative life patterns.
Behind all this, there is the idea of abandoning oneself to live without seeking to control every detail. The relation to time changes, we focus on the essential. Slowness predominates and sharpens our senses. It is an act of resistance, a way to demonstrate that other ways exist.
It was during these many hikes that these reflections appeared to him. A need to question his artistic practice with the idea that it is surely naive to find a certain truth. Perhaps also to not let himself sink into an intoxicating and comfortable routine. Walking a long distance puts you away from society while being in the best place to observe it.
Walking is a symbiosis between body and mind. A fight won against time. The evolution of modern life and speed as a dominant value have partly stifled the act of walking. Yet they manage to free us from the illusions of the indispensable, from a world of excessive and polluting consumption that we let us carry literally as well as figuratively.
Heterotopia, 1 year walking
An evening discussion with Joseph Marzolla and Melanie Bonajo
Sunday the 20th of October, 18:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam