Pacing

2 maart 2016

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Francis Alys, pages from Pacing

 

In Pacing, the latest title of the LiberArs series, the artist drew invisible figures through public space as a form of imaginary architecture. But since there is no goal in the act itself, this mode of ‘walking by numbers’ is one of the many ways in which Alÿs conveys the physicality of walking by defining specific simple tasks, which nonetheless have a certain historical resonance and a number of cultural implications. In the aftermath of 9/11, along the desolate streets of downtown Manhattan, his aimless deambulation brought him some consolation, for as he had pointed out in his notes a decade before: ‘As long as I’m walking, I’m not thinking’.

Ivory Press

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