The Forum des Halles in Paris is a place with which we have a false familiarity. The collective representations associated with it are built from the accumulation of fleeting, daily repeated impressions of millions of passers-by :
Mystique of the Great Escalator
Labyrinth of Depths
Are these millions of imperfect pieces of knowledge less real, less valid, than an improbable "truth" of the place ? Repeated ad infinitum, partial perceptions become reality.
We have proposed the experience to several travellers, by giving them a few rules. Each one interprets or diverts them as he wishes :
- The journey is made alone (it is however possible to meet people "on the way").
- The traveller remains motionless (once he has found his place, he will not change it again).
- The trip lasts a minimum of three hours (the maximum duration is not fixed : it is up to the traveller to decide when to end the experience).
- The traveller does not engage in any time occupation (no book, walkman or other, unplug the cell phone).
We suggest a list of favorable locations. The traveller can also suggest one of his choice.
Do nothing : abandon any utilitarian relationship to the city, any use of urban space oriented towards a goal. Abandon any aesthetic relationship to the city. The goal is not to contemplate the landscape; rather, to be part of it.