The artist walk comes close to the experience of reading of a book. Slowly gliding into a theater stage, but here you read a location in the city, you live your life between people. It is a media art piece involving writing, images, videos and sounds—sometimes twisting from comedy to tragedy, animals and people on the way to die, people in confusion and love, people in the survival race to make their living. You live there for a moment others live there all their lives. Placing art there means interaction, but it also means a closer relation to the local environment. Sometimes it develops beyond voyeurism from both—the local and the visitor —looking upon each other and try to communicate. The local is there because it is his place of income or spending, so the local speculates what the foreigner is doing there. The artist walk deals always with the authenticity of an area, of a place and sets a private spot for revisiting.
1st Artist Walk: “Blending”
Coordinates: +29° 33′ 5.36″, +106° 34′ 21.91″
White Wall with Hooks in Public Space, installation by Killian Immervoll. Existence and Integrity Faces, photograph by Sora Park. Drawings of Sweet Rabbits Beating Up the Enemy, by Clemens Stecher.
Communication Techniques between the Inner and the Outer World, by Kim Taegon. Transformation of Old Chinese Advertisement Drawings, by Alice Dittmar. The Shadows of the Past—Readiness of Today’s Global Market, paintings by Anton Petz. Arabic and Chinese Letters Melted Together Unreadable in One Maze by Drury Brennan. Louis Vuitton Patterns Wrapping a House Bound for Demolition, by Marlene Haderer.
An area surrounding the steps and the market of old Chongqing; an area where people have been told for three years that it will be demolished—an abandoned house, collapsing walls, and garbage melting together; an area where Chinese tourists with their Nikon tele-lenses go for a photo safari; An area where foreign tourists go through silently, maybe doing one or two photos; An area where Chinese still-life painters go to to paint the almost collapsed old; an area where drug addicts run almost naked through the busy market; an area where mothers buy their children a one Yuan ice cream as the only luxury they can afford beside one cigarette in a day; an area where mahjong gambling halls carry on around the clock; for some, a walk through old China, where no one wants to live in anymore, for others—at night—a romantic Blade Runner scenario without the blinking LED panels; an area where the vendor asks us if the place where we come from is a better place; people around with amputated legs, looking desperate, afraid of losing the other leg; roaming dogs lost their fur so the pink skin and flesh come through; a rotten smell of cooking and canalization in a hot atmosphere of the old; this in contrast to shiny new buildings, air-conditioned and smelling of detergents. The noodles in the corner store are still quite tasty, but not for everyone. In-between, very poor but sexy women of all ages wearing leopard dresses and high heels struggling downhill on the pavement, which is definitely not made for high heels.
People prefer colorful realistic, naive and sweet instead of b&w, critical, and abstract. The first place where locals actively helped us find display locations and even asked for more. We are a welcome change in the local daily life; there is a reason to come back.
2nd Artist Walk: “Unfolding”
Location, Huang Jue Ping Road
Coordinates: +29° 29′ 25.22″, +106° 32′ 33.51″
Collapsed Advertisements of Young Cosmetic Beauty, photograph by Ulrike Johansen. Communication Techniques between the Inner and the Outer World, by Kim Taegon. Portraits of People without a Mouth or Hearing, by Min Jisook.
Putting the idea of the “white cube” in public and unfolding it as a wall; in a busy street, filled with students and hopeful young people painting over graffiti walls with white color; passers-by standing and taking.