Crossroad-Nomadic interpretations in contemporary life

 

The mobility of the population in Weimar is resembled to that of traditional nomadism: Tourists are translated as the hunters of sights (hunter-gatherers), the students as wanderers (peripatetic), while the new residents in the center of the city, because of their temporary staying, are associated with the pastoral life (pastorals).

 

The center of the city of Weimar that is kept sterile and utopian in order to attract tourists and the gradual rise of the rents has led the local people to its suburbs, allowing to a new population that stays for a short period to reside. Students, tourists and temporary residents are three groups of people that are observed. The students come from all around the world to study in the Bauhaus University, the tourists visit regularly the city due to its historical attractions and temporary residents, from young families to professors, stay for a rather short time. The different mobilities of these groups create a heterogeneous and varied in its constitution space in which, nevertheless, the communication between these three groups is described limited. In a site in which the three groups intercross activities are organized in order the three groups to interact between each other: story telling, music, cooking, painting and exchange of objects. The action ‘Leave your Trace’ invites the passersby to decide if they feel related to one of the three groups, to chose the respective color and step on a canvas leaving their footprint.

 

ZEUGHOF STREET | WEIMAR | 2011

Action duration: 3 days