Red Crossing at the Prague Exhibition Grounds subverts the existing 19th and 20th century geometries and patterns engineered to serve technical and functional aspects of control and circulation. While the straight paths and repeated geometry direct visitors to follow the way to the Palace – whether for consumption, spectatorship, or culture contained in exhibition halls – we can pick up our walkway and slice the Plaza diagonally or invent rhythms based on foot traffic to make an approach that matches the time of the day. This strategy builds on the 1960s experimental urban planning actions of the Situationist International tactic dérive (driftage), or to wander through an urban area and disobey those signs whose purpose it is to channel human behavior (e.g. traffic signs, advertisements, designation/segregation of public and private spaces) to subvert top-down planning as an alienating and isolating external form of control . Stepping up, in more ways than one, Red Crossing seeks to create physically and socially intelligent structures that facilitate cooperation, emotional release and transcend the expectations of architecture and infrastructure as fixed. Emboldening viewers to become participants, the experience of building is part of the installation. Red Crossing challenges the assumptions of human movement and flow through public space. It transforms utility and municipal authority into buoyancy and collective action through continuous formations and re-formations of its bouncing surface, its surrounding supporters, and the performers moving across it.
Nick Tobier, Roland Graf, Jennifer Wai-Jing Low
Artists Assocreation + EverydayPlaces
10 06 2019 10:00