Aimless Trajectory by Edwin Stolk 2011

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A maneuver within the enemy's field of vision 2011

aimless trajectory 2011

A road trip as part of a collaboration with artist Loek Grootjans and Sandberg Institute, active inquiries in public space.

With this road trip I tried to research the idea of non-places as described by Marc Augé in an essay and book with the same title, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995).

Marc Augé coined the phrase "non-place" to refer to places of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as "places". Examples of a non-place would be a motorway, a hotel room, an airport or a supermarket.

Aimless trajectory is also inspired by the walks organised by the Situationist International. The title refers to a form of drifting [dérive] described by the situationists.

This road trip started at different times and at different locations. The idea was to invite guests in my green 1995 Volkswagen polo. The only defined moment was the moment that we left. Where the journey went to we both didn't knew and how long we would travel neither. There was no route planned ahead, nor time schedule. While we drove the streets, highways, viaducts, landscapes, the direction was only depending on intuition and influenced by our dialogue in the car. This wandering resulted in a shared experience; which we did not document in any other way than by our memory. This wandering could be seen as a manoeuvre within the enemy's field of vision, because it joined the traffic which was clearly heading for a fixed destination.


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