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Frotter la Cité

Video, SD, stereo, 6:19 min., 2020/2008

The video shows me walking around my block with a video camera mounted onto my white cane with the lens directed to the ground. Similar to creating a frottage, the tip of the cane is recording the roughness of the surface. When the bumps are too hard, video errors are created. The soundtrack is recording the oscillating movement as well and is sensible to mechanical shocks.

The video was shown at “Einzeichnen. Festival zur zeichnerischen Eroberung der Stadt” (Festival for conquering the city through drawing), in October 2020 at Berlinische Galerie. It was combined with “Frottagen-Collagen” a participatory installation. Visitors of the festival could do their own frottages and add them to the growing collage.

Video still showing the tip of the white cane in lower left corner and fragments of the pavement.
Video still showing the tip of the white cane in lower left corner and fragments of the pavement.
Birds-eye view of a big hall in Berlinische Galerie with long paper banners on the wall, the floor and a table. Photo by Pascal Rohé
Close-up of a long piece of paper hanging from the ceiling with many small frottage drawings mounted on it. Photo by Pascal Rohé