"The idea that one photograph can document the duration of a walk is clearly ridiculous: an object cannot compete with an experience."
The Walking Project explores the possibility of communicating in the form of an artwork a subjective experience of the world understood in spatiotemporal terms and in relation to the body as the necessary subject of perception. It consists of long-exposure photographs, multi-exposure photographic objects, films, heart-rate records, sound records, maps, etc., which in this multitude of approaches attempt the impossible: materialization of a transient experience of basic activity engaging the body in a linear progress through space and time, and production of an object indexical to the distance and duration of the experience. Starting with the realization that the above has already been attempted (most notably by the walking artist Hamish Fulton) and failed (as the above quote suggests), I embarked on technical experiments with cameras and photographic materials to test the limitations of the medium in recording a walk in its continuity. Balancing between materiality and immateriality, obscurity and information, the works place equal importance on the experience of the artist - principally a solitary affair without a witness - and that of the viewer - an imaginary journey upon encountering the traces of the walk.
* Hamish Fulton is quoted after: Tufnell & Wilson 2002: 27
1. Mythens Circumnavigation Möbius Strip. continuous abstract panorama record of circumnavigating the mountain (Switzerland), looping, 9,25m x 40cm, inkjet print, installation view (suspended from ceiling)
2. Walking in Pfalzerwald, Germany. 15m roll of 35mm photographic film with continuous exposure while walking over 3 days and advancing the film in a pinhole camera
3. Every Step of the Path. continuous path image on canvas, 10m x 30cm, inkjet print, installation view (floor)
4. 45°50’3.8’’N 6°59’5.4’’E to 47°06’4.0’’N 9°07’2.9’’E. 5 days walking, Switzerland. 10 m x 10cm, inkjet print, installation view (floor)
5. Rund den Berg der Berge. 4 days walking along 4 valleys around Matterhorn, Switzerland. overlapping exposures on 35mm film taken every 100 steps while walking, with film advanced 0.5cm in-between, one roll of film per day, framed, 28x35cm, installation view
6. Untitled. 2 weeks walking, UK. heart-rate graph and maps, approx. 70x240cm, installation view (floor)
7. Dusk Till Dawn Till Dusk. a series of all-day and all-night pinhole photographic exposures while on a walking trip, Norway.