On March 19, 2016, 200 people hiked along one straight line directly through the open spaces and private yards starting from my residency, crossing the entire Tarwewijk of Rotterdam.
The group went through front doors and out backdoors and into the neighbour’s yard on the following street. The continuous line included schools, churches, homes and gardens and crossed seamlessly from one location into the next. There were negotiations with each resident or owner of a location so that the line would flow without interruption. An important motive was to juxtapose the idea of a map with its many associations (the readable, the controllable, the engineered) with the real life in urban society.The promenade brought in a strange, improper, artistic idea in the neighbourhood which functioned as a catalyst for discussions on both the possible meaning of the walk and views on urban environment, private and public space. At the same time the work refers to a collective body, by doing a poetic ‘connecting’ action that sets the scene for equality and breaks apart hierarchies.
Some film Documents made by participants/ neighbors/ local television station:
Erik Van Den Akker
George van den Handel: fc phoenix
Some of our film stills:
(filmed by Eva Olthof, Helen Anna Flanagan, Phil Hession, Rick Peters, Gerwin Luijendijk, Javier Lloret, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Madison Bycroft, Tor Jonsson, Maria Witteveen, Bas Noordermeer, Lisanne Hoogerwerf, Kari Robertson, Mat Do, coordinated by Sebastien Seynaeve)
‘Short Cut Tarwewijk’ is een project in het kader van het internationale uitwisselingsprogramma Staat van de Stad, ondersteund en gefaciliteerd door stichting Charlois ... aan het water, AIR Antwerpen, AIR_Frankfurt, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fonds, de stad Frankfurt, de Gemeente Rotterdam, de stad Antwerpen, de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaanderen & Nederland Eregast Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016.