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Walking the Berlin Wall

I am currently accompanying Kinga Araya as she walks along the former Berlin Wall. More information and documentation will be posted soon. In the meantime please visit the project website, Performing Exile


Homezone – Erlangen 06.08

Photo: Kaspar (Rubbing a circle of scent into Erlangen)

Homezone, an area defined by mobile telephone networks and based on my residential address.

For the ARENA Festival in Erlangen I agreed to document and interact with the ‘Festival Homezone‘. For three days I invited people entering our Homezone to a nice cup of tea, mapped out an interlocking network of resident’s Homezones, conducted interviews on the streets, and led a group expedition around the perimeters of this virtual boundary.

Group expedition

The Erlangen Festival Homezone has a diameter of 1,7km, and happens to run along the old city walls, though this is perhaps not surprising, given that the Theatre is next to the old town square. My first walk around the Erlangen Homezone took place on Wednesday the 25th of June, shortly after the Euro 2008 semi-final between Germany and Turkey. The sight of people pissing along the boundaries of our Homezone helped me decide what exercise I would like to conduct as a group activity.

Writing and reading a line into the city; a border; a boundary:

We armed ourselves with lemons, nutmegs, ginger, garlic, vinegar, oranges and lavender. We rubbed a ring of scent into the streets of Erlangen. Like dogs leaving a scent or marking out their territory.

We let other stories, associations and coincidences cross, join or interact with our line/journey. We looked for other territorial markings or references.

Could we perceive a difference between the outside and inside of our zone, outsiders and insiders? How do our territorial actions affect these perceptions? Are we informing or mis-informing ourselves? Place as a place of perception.

What is it like if you come into this space as a guest? What kind of host are we walking through?
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I wasn’t sure how much the walk would also function as a drift (reading into the city), partly due to the task we had to complete (writing into the city), and partly due to the way in which we were doing this as a group rather than a solitary activity.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear of the many varied accounts from the four returning expeditions (each group scenting a quarter of the line to complete the circle). Alongside the playful mis-perceptions towards outsiders and insiders, there was a greater emphasis on the political reading of the activity than I perhaps expected, including the possible implications of such commercial and technologically defined boundaries within our living environment.

On a personal note, I found myself becoming less ‘aware’ of some of the contradictions and coincidences that the city was offering me, and more engrossed on the task in hand. I also found myself becoming increasingly territorial/aggressive, rubbing garlic provocatively in front of doorways or at nose height, breaking certain social acceptance barriers and having fun doing it.

One older participant encountered an elderly resident who objected to the apparent waste of food used to conduct the activity, leading to a debate between the participating group and the offended party. To a post-war perspective that takes food as a matter of survival, a potentially offensive and flippant game. I don’t know exactly how this debate was resolved.

ARENA Festival – Documentation/Report
ARENA Festival – Rubbing a circle of scent – Review
Homezone – Full project description

Homezone – Erlangen 06.08 – Review

An article about a Homezone event, written by Alina Bongk and Linda Vogt, and translated by Nora Vogt, for the independant ARENA Festival magazine.

,,02 can do!”

Kaspar has invited us to his homezone. We meet at three o’clock in the afternoon and are asked to take a seat. The table is full of oranges, lemon, ginger, garlic, vinegar, nutmeg … O.K, it’s obviously going to be about scent, but what has this got to do with Kaspar’s homezone? We wait for an explanation.

Kaspar wants to explore the spaces that are defined by mobile telephone networks. O2 ‚homezones’. He came to Erlangen to explore these invisible borders, taking the Markgrafen Theatre as the centre-point for the ARENA Festival Homezone (for further information about the exact extension of these zones just check the O2 homepage).

A recent experience seems to have influenced the project. After the European Championship semi-final he had to witness the city-centre of Erlangen being transformed into a huge public toilet. So he declared that drawing territorial lines based on scent would be the basic principle of this event.

Now it’s time to act: Four groups are formed. Each group is given a map, on which is drawn a circle, indicating the borders of the festival homezone. Each group is allocated a quarter of this circular route, along which they are asked to create a border using the different materials. This is basically the only instruction – what matters is the individual exploration of this newly defined space; What differences do the group perceive between the inside and the outside of their home zone? What thoughts are going through our minds as we draw the line, claiming territory and by doing so making the home zone our personal property?

Two hours later we meet again, full of new experiences and impressions. Senses have been sharpened and the issue of boundaries in public space have been considered. People we met on our journey were asked to spontaneously take a family portrait with us – after all they were at “our place”. Are there private places within the public realm? How would this influence an individual’s behaviour?

The project can be seen as a product of our time: 02’s conception of home zones redefines space and border in a new way, by using modern technologies. Place is constructed by invisible barriers. The difference between public and private space is no longer perceptible.

Kaspar takes interest in public spaces, encounters between people and the interactions between the individual and space. In Stuttgart Kaspar walks around his original homezone, talking to people and observing his environment. When doing so he does not define himself as a performer, but as an artist initiating interaction. Jury member Serge Boulier uses a metaphor to describe Kaspar’s work: The participants are Kaspar’s brush, and the city is his canvas.

Indeed, something has been created today. We observed, interacted and left traces. An amazing experience.


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