Walking in the City

[person_by] Martine Stig

November 2019

Walking in the City (HD, 11:42), with a text by Basje Boer In chapter Walking the City (The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984) Michel de Certeau describes “the pleasure of seeing the whole” by looking at NYC from the 110th floor of the WTC, distinguishing the ‘Voyeur’ -the gaze from above- and the ‘Wandersmanner’ - the practitioners of the city. “Wandersmanner, whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban ‘text’ they write without being able to read it.” Technological progress affects the Voyeur-Wandersmanner opposition. Besides a horizontal logic of national borders, political geography now has a vertical logic of ‘the Cloud’. Power inequality between seer and seen is core of the ‘vertical surveillance’ discussion. Expansion of the concept 'body' is necessary to understand our current perception. My short SF movie Walking the City shows the city through a vertical stereoscope, uncovering different notions of perception and power. A singular image splits into satellite- and eye-level image and merges again, using superimposition and complementary colours (3D). Candid images shot in both real (street) and virtual (Google Earth) public space represent the current Voyeur - Wandersmanner opposition. A narrator writes a new 'urban text'

Martine Stig
Martine Stig (b. 1972) is an artist based in Amsterdam. Point of departure in her work is the photographic image; the voyeuristic act: photography (verb) and the autonomic product: photo (noun). Whilst using the medium (and moving away from it) she researches its role in the perception of reality.


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Technological progress extends our senses and turns our x-y-z world into a 360˚ space. Since we can virtually look from every high vantage point -with the help of drones and satellites- linear perspective and monocular rendition start to lose their universal self-evidence.


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