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Mapping the City

19 February 2007 - In 1963, artists Wim T. Schippers and Willem de Ridder organised a March through Amsterdam. A television documentary on this manifestation opens the exhibition Mapping the City at the Stedelijk.

The march consisted in six gentlemen marching at a brisk pace from the Central Station to the Rembrandt Square. Although the event had been announced on posters, most bystanders probably had no idea what was going on.

Schippers was content with the result. “Indeed, this march may be called an excellent success”.

The Antwerp-born artist Francis Alÿs visualises the surroundings of his studio in Mexico City through drawings, photos and objects. At a photo, he poses between men standing on a square, offering their services as plumbers or painters. He has a sign saying ‘Turista’ at his feet.

In one way or another, the artists at the exhibition all deal with estranging effects in the city. For intellectual depth, a Situationist article from 1958 is referred to, in which ‘wandering around’ is advocated as a way to experience the city in a new way.

According to the author, this is something one has to do in an urban environment. “Wanderings in the country are depressing, and that is not surprising, for the interventions of chance are poorer there than elsewhere”.

Practical information. Illustrations: fragments from the television programme Signalement, about the March through Amsterdam (December 1963).


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