Graffiti on Doors: Imagining While Walking

Come down, go out:  walk down the streets of cities.  Walking as practice.  Thinking of Thoreau, who wrote an essay about Walking in 1850 and another on Civil Disobedience in 1849, philosopher Fréderic Gros notes that walking may teach disobedience:  “walking forces us to take a distance which is also a critical distance.”

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Graffiti on doors in Barcelona:  tags, wheat pastes, stickers. Works of desire: come down to the street, choose a place,  be alert. Walk and situate yourself in front of doors: make maps and series of overlapping writings that you will then upload to the blog: threshold of another threshold.  Walking: drifting.  In a recent conversation, cultural critic Jo Labanyi elaborates on an idea by an anarchist interviewed for her project on cinema audiences during the first Francoism: “there is no evasion without critique,” he said.  In other words, Labanyi explains, “evasion, through imagination, allows you to situate yourself outside of your reality to criticize it.  Without that imaginative distance it is not possible to conceive alternatives.”  Marks on the doors:  imagining while walking. Other uses of time:  from threshold to threshold:  entrances to other things.

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Barcelona, March 2016.

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