Walk in circle

Albert Gusi
Castellbisbal (Barcelona)
1970


Walk in circle between a field and a road

“Walk in circle” is a project that proposes mini itineraries that go nowhere. A little walk that takes us to nowhere in particular, leaving only a trace of itself, making the itinerary more evident each time. Caminar en rodó is the ideal way to see a landscape in all it’s dimensions, roaming around in circles allows space for complete and expansive contemplation of the surroundings.

The project is an intervention of the landscape, reproduce on a photograph taken by the Google satellites (therefor being a post-frame in times of post-photography), which creates an artistic experience that can be shared and experienced by anyone.

(Routes can be downloaded by clicking on the images.)

Walk in circles four times at Santa María de Matamala

Walk in circle between one Catalonia and another

Walk in circle between vineyards

Walk in circle at Pla d’Anyella

Walk in circle at Prat de Cadí

Walk in circle in the middle of an industrial zone

Walk in circle one time at Santa Maria de Matamala

Walk in circle under Tubau in order to finish surrounding it

Walk in circle at plaza Catalunya in Barcelona

Walk in circle at Pla de la Selva

Walk in circle at Pradell

(…) but the circular paths of Gusi are purposeful, intentional and with them come a challenge to the absurdity of walking in circles, without reason or destination. With the sole purpose of leaving a mark on the earth that can be read by GPS from Wikiloc or whatever other platform capable of taking satellite pictures. This is an ultra modern intervention on a landscape that only gets documented by satellite imagery.

(…) if one thinks that creative photography makes reference to a particular creator, in the act of patenting their authority and confirming that a decision was effectively made by someone, and that behind this someone is a discourse, a poetry, a particular proposal. The work of Guis goes beyond this. The frames are pictures without an author, and the absurd circular walk documents the fact that a satellite image has no author. Can it then continue to be photograph? Or is it just that it illustrates this presence of absence? If this instantaneous is always a false promise, even for a few seconds, is that not always the characteristic of any type of image?

(Extracts from a text by Lucy Quesada. Complete text, in spanish, can be found here)


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