Aimless Trajectory by Edwin Stolk 2011


A maneuver within the enemy's field of vision.

A performance by Edwin Stolk, part of a collaboration with artist Loek Grootjans and the Sandberg Institute, inquiries in public space.

With this performance I tried to research the idea of non-places described by Marc Augé in an essay and book of 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.

The performance starts at different times and at different locations. I invite you to step together with me in my green 1995 Volkswagen polo. The only defined moment is the moment that we leave. Where the journey goes is not defined, how long it will take neither. There is no route planned ahead, nor time schedule known. While we drive the streets, highways, viaducts, landscapes, the direction is only depending on intuition and influenced by our dialogue. This wandering will result in a shared experience; the experience will not be documented in any other way than by our memory. This wandering can be seen as a manoeuvre within the enemy's field of vision, because it joins the traffic which is clearly heading for a fixed destination.


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