The Bridge, 2018
a silent Walk Piece in Thessaloniki
Βy David Bergé
Presented by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bridges festival
Venue: Meeting and starting point of the walk is the entrance of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art , Warehouse B1, Port of Thessaloniki
Participants: up to 7 persons per walk
A silent Walk Piece is a carefully composed walk guided by the artist in silence. The act of walking together in silence in urban space, taken care of by a guide, invokes unmediated communication and an encounter between human beings. The Walk Piece will cut through the fabric of Thessaloniki where scenes of everyday life unfold. The artist proposes to the people who take part in this walk an alternative/altered kind of perception of the city. For the duration of the Walk Piece, audience members do not exchange verbally and refrain from taking pictures. This work creates a potentiality for the complexity of (urban) layers to be negotiated, where sensory awareness is heightened not through blindfolding or by privileging one sense over another, but through encouraging silence among mobile, proprio-receptive bodies.
David Bergé is an artist working in between geographical locations, focusing on the intersections of photography and performance. His practice is concerned with the physicality of architecture and urban transformation and consists of Walk Pieces, photo installations, and exhibitions.