Caminografias Series

  This piece is based on the situationist practice of the derive,  described by Guy Debord in his 1958 essay Theory of the Dérive as a  “technique of passage through varied ambiences. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll." Most of the Derives performed by the Situationists  involved the urban landscape, taking the theories of walking as a mode of practice into action, as a tool to critique the social, economic and geographical infrastructure of a city.

In this piece I engage with the 25 most touristic cities in the world weaving by walking their social fabric and being aware of the psychogeographical effects of each location. I hold an oversized map of the city in front of my face, and then I begin to navigate the streets through this two dimensional plane, looking for the most touristic places in the city. I involve other inhabitants, migrants and tourists to video record the action, so each fragment of the piece is seen through the eyes of a different person. These singular perspectives mirror the plurality of opinions on tourism, and the need/hate relationship between the tourist and the inhabitant.

From left to right, top to bottom: Video Stills of  London, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin, Cancun, and Florence.