“How to reframe the real?
waiting at the laundromat,
shopping for groceries,
filling up with petrol,
the mid-morning pint at the bistro,
an appointment with the podiatrist,
couple's kebab night…
In the street, trust is established through a series of numerous, very small contacts whose theatre is the sidewalk.
How to reframe the real? pacing the road,
guided by chance encounters,
capturing monochromatic impressions of a bleak landscape,
stubbornly looking for non-existent traces of history, at the archeology of strata,
losing myself in an urban amnesia.”
As a series of artistic hikes of over 10 km each, Witness / N14 proposed walks for dreamers in search of decadent spaces and unusual encounters. Witness / N14 was also and foremost, a large-scale neighbourhood project, with installations proposed by the authors (Sarah Harper, Juliet Dieudonné and Erwan Quintin) in collaboration with local inhabitants, inspired by research, collected testimonies and chance meetings made during our exploratory rambles. Subsequently installed into the very sites they were discovered, with the help of the residents, artworks and accompanying performances mediated the spectator's vision of the road's heterotopia, its neighbours, and its possible encounters. The forms were multiple. Photos in giant or tiny formats, soundscapes, videos, texts, and performances punctuated both public and private spaces along the route and in homes, courtyards, gardens or shops, with traders or inhabitants becoming accomplices of the work.