Installation view, site-seeing: disneyfication of cities?
Künstlerhaus Wien, A (mit / with Elsebeth Jørgensen)
The tourist moves on paths, which are often carefully arranged for him, and
which are repeatedly walked by new visitors, taking new photographs. Via the
tourist snapshot an ongoing reinventing, revisiting and re-photographing of
places is happening.
The Tourist was first produced for the exhibition “Ingrepp” at
Uppsala Konstmuseum in Sweden, and later redone in Vienna for the exhibition
“site-seeing – disneyfication of cities” at Künstlerhaus
Wien. It consists of a temporary collection of photographs of places in and
around the city.
For 8 days we talk to tourists on public places, we asked them where they
came from, where they found their information about the city, and which places
they had heard about and were going to visit or already had visited. We asked
them where they would recommend us to go and to photograph. We visited these
places, photographed and talked to new tourists, and in this process a collection
of photographs was build up.
“The Tourist” is a touristic mapping of the town, a temporary
image-bank of places that tourists have recommended to us and possibly have
or would have photographed them selves.
The photographs were mounted on blocks of woods and the visitors in the exhibitions
were invited to take one with them. The central information of the tourists
we talked to (estimated age, nationality, where we met them and what they
recommended) was presented in the exhibitions, as well as a graphic presentation
of the visited and recommended sites and the connections between them.