On Monday October 12th we took a 4 x 4 meter square for a walk.*
It was made out of plastic yellow pipes constructed by Cameron at Lab Land. We then walked from KABK to the Zandmotor via the main shopping streets in the Hague. The journey took about 2.5 hours. It was particularly interesting to pass the heavily peopled places, where many found a passing by oversized square highly amusing. We got a lot of surprised comments and some even jumped through our square. I particularly enjoyed observing the people’s faces; when upon seeing the huge square, a smile spread across their face. This little absurdity seemed to make their moment.
Sophia Bulgariova documented our journey.
* The initial idea of bringing the square to the Zandmotor was part of a bigger plan. The plan was to construct a Sweat Lodge for Winter Solstice (December 21st). The square would then have been the base of our tent, so we wanted to bring it to see how many people we could fit. However, in the end that project was put aside, thank god, as it was too ambitious for the time being. In hindsight, I much more enjoyed this action of taking a square for a walk by itself and so now see it as a work on its own. Its magic for me is how the square interacted in the public, social built space of the outside and how people reacted to it. I also really like the feeling of carrying strange objects through public space. It takes you out of the mundane. And the dedication of amplifying the distance to the Zandmotor by walking it gives the action weight.