(Un)documented Trails

Undocumented Trails

Posted in Project Description by bruxteebee on April 27, 2009

The Undocumented Trails project will set up a marketplace where the public can ‘contract’ Sans Papiers workers through a simulated documentation procedure. This process seeks to exchange points of urban experience between the public and un-documented workers.

The work that will be traded is atypical: the workers need to walk every single street in a defined zone of Brussels with a GPS track logger. Upon the return from their trip, the GPS data is visualised and evaluated, so that at the end of the Micronomics festival the entire map of central Brussels will be colored meticulously. Walked routes are negotiated, traversing zones of mutual engagement – underscoring and stimulating a space for empowering working conditions. The streets and the visualized tracks become a testing ground to accentuate issues of documentation and migrancy, literally leaving a ‘paper trail’.

The absurdity of the work is a provocation that enlists everyone to activate and contribute to this collaborative and détourned micro-economy.


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