walk with me
a street academy
that applies three methodologies:
1. Walking: Looking for food is the oldest from of walking
2. The Processional
Spiritual engagement with the world has developed various forms of mobile engagement of the body. Shared by many religions around the world, a walk along a pre-determined route is accompanied by the fingering of beads which count the prayers or mantras as they are recited.
Together with the Fraunhofer Institute, walk with me will employ the contemporary daily instrument of tactile engagement, the mobile, and via an augmented reality game engage the participant with the virtual simultaneity of discovering both cities at the same time.
3. Moving as in promenading
The promenade is a walk in view of the spectacle—to have an audience, to be seen, to display. But such forms of display are inevitably linked to forms of surveillance and questions of how to get lost, both technologically and emotionally.
The walk with me project by KioskXiaomaibu and HomeShop takes the typology of the kiosk as a starting point and one of the KioskXiaomaibu objectives, “to sow seeds for street academies”, literally by the hand. Beginning in June 2012 and continuing as an extended endeavor in 2013, walk with me juxtaposes the cities of Cologne, Germany and Beijing, China, as an artistic experiment in serendipity.
In Cologne, there is a 3.5 km auto route between Kiosk Babylon run by Mahira Yigit Hahn and the Cologne Cathedral, a local World Heritage Monument. Seeking a parallel universe, KioskXiaomaibu discovered a place that echoed that which inspired its formation: HomeShop, a small artist-run storefront space in a hutong in Beijing, also approximately 3.5 km by car from Beijing’s own World Heritage Site, the Forbidden City.
The two routes in either city–when layered–form new territories. Walking along these parallel routes is taking a course of the “street academy” between a monument of culture and the local neighbourhood.
walk with me is supported by the Goeth Institute