In March this year at a fora of the Social Sculpture Research Unit in Oxford, the German sculptor (stone), Claudia Schürmann drew an intriguing drawing by Beuys, in which Beuys demonstrates the link between crystallised (thought) form and chaos. The link is movement. Claudia pointed out that the loop, see below – illustrates the heart, the walk/heart enables the transformation from one state to another – that which has become crystallised can be made fluid again and that which overwhelms by mass of incidents, the cacophony of daily life, can be refined.
The two routes identified for the project ‘walk with me’ had already been determined at this point. The walk along the route had the objective of identifying places of growth: actual and potential urban agricultural interventions. The project puts the most ancient of purposes for a walk – to look for food – into an urban environment. The body that is imprinted by the culture of one’s upbringing (generational as well as geographical) with its likes and dislikes is – by the ability to move between these points – given a transformative power.
Cologne: from Cathedral to Kiosk Babylon and back
Beijing: From Gugong to homeshop and back again
Above are two hand drawn maps of the routes that the project will observe, mark, walk, photograph, film, listen to, learn from and draw.