LIFE A USER'S MANUAL: ARGOS WALK
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October 23, 2003
The city is a game board, where every story, every piece
stands on its own, but is part of an intricate jigsaw puzzle. Both
public physical spaces and private interior spaces contain traces
of fragmentary personal [hi]stories tied together by an invisible
network of media. How people inhabit the hidden 'image spaces', discovered
by a wireless surveillance camera scanner, while at the same time
inhabiting physical outdoor spaces, is revealed through the practice
Dressed up like a bag lady and carrying an antenna made out of a soup can,
I push a shopping cart full of televisions along a designated route in the
Starting in the red light district, a 2.4 Ghz video receiver that
I carry with me is used to scan and display, in real-time, intimate
scenes from within the city of Brussels. A prostitute's meeting place,
a hallway, two empty streets, a tavern, a restaurant, an entrance,
a café, a phone store, a bar, a snack shop, are some of the
spaces found along the walk.
The walk ends at Recyclart, a former metro station and currently a
performance space, near Gare Midi.
The Argos Walk was commissioned by the Argos
Festival and curated by Nat Muller for the Politics
of Noise programme.
Special thanks to Nat, Mira, Karen and all the staff at Argos.
Life a User's Manual is a series of walking performances by Michelle