The visitor follows an elderly person who is unable to maintain an average walking pace, which compels the visitor to walk at a different, slower, tempo. A distance of roughly two metres separates leader and follower with which the older person as performer acts as it were as a camera for the visitor. At the end of the walk, the visitor watches the elderly person as he or she disappears from view. The two haven’t met, except in sharing the same tempo, traversing the city that moves at another pace.
“This is a preliminary investigation of ‘waiting as an active act’. I’m interested in the way you seem to lose time when you have to wait for someone, while at the same time you have more time where you are. During the route you spend a greater amount of time in one place than you would normally do, the spaces suddenly ‘last’ longer. I also found it interesting that the elderly command a certain kind of respect and that they truly aren’t able to move faster (it is not a trick), which strongly influences the relationship between them and the visitor.”
The first test routes for this concept were tried out in Copenhagen (June 2018) and in Amsterdam (July 2018).