urban (col)laboratory:

Audio walk flashmob

27.August 2011
Metropolis Biennale Koenhagen

In Zusammenarbeit mit Helen Stratford und Camilla Graff Junior



Do you believe in time travel?
One of your fellow time travellers believes: 
"Time is not passing. YOU are passing through TIME."

LINK zum Dokuvideo der Künstlerin Magda Mrowiec

'INTERVALS' was an audio lead time travel into the past and the future of Copenhagen that took place in three different metro stations at the same time. Two different audio files (future and past) with stories and instructions were available for only 24 hours before the flashmob began. The audience met up at a metro station with the flashmob performance soundtrack on their own mp3 player or smartphone and started it exactly at 7pm. Both groups were guided individually, keeping them invisible from each other and the general public for most of the time, but ocassionally creating visible group images. For the participants, it was also an invitation to observe the scene around them in a new light. In the end the two groups were invited to meet, talk and exchange their experiences.

The two texts were written in collaboration with people who have ideas or notions about Copenhagen. Based on interviews with people about their personal memories and future visions of the city the performance walk explored how everyday ways of living in Copenhagen have changed and asked how will it be in the future? What are and were the plans, the desired designs and what spatial identities do they foster? In this flashmob performance, the present is infected by past dreams and future visions.

concept, text & realisation: Diana Wesser, Helen Stratford and Camilla Graff Junior | Technical realisation/sound editing: Jürgen Häberer | In the frame of the Metropolis Biennale 2011. 
A co-production between Danish Giraff Graff  and urban (col)laboratory (Diana Wesser and Helen Stratford), kindly supported by Copenhagen International Theater (KIT), the Goethe Institut Copenhagen and Escalator Live Art, Colchester Arts Centre, Arts Council England.

Photos by Diana Wesser
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