The act of walking is to the urban system what the speech act is to language or to the statements uttered.
_Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984
p.u.r.e. – performative urban research ensemble – is an ongoing artistic project launched in 2016 by Jagna Anderson together with Dodi Helschinger, María Ferrara, Maya Raghavan, Susanne Soldan and Karine Thomas.
p.u.r.e. considers the city as a performative process – in which we are all taking part – and the urban space as a relational space, being constantly produced by perceptive and performative acts.
p.u.r.e. reinterprets such artistic strategies as Situationists’ dérive* or Beuys’s social sculpture and – exploring the realm in-between of multi sensorial perception and performative intervention – it develops its own relational** & radically minimalist aesthetics of urban performance.
p.u.r.e. walks are emancipatory interruptions of the public space and catalysts for the new playgrounds of the common city.***
* _Debord, Guy (1956). “Theory of the Derive”. Situationist International Online. Translated by Ken Knabb. Retrieved 2016-07-12
** _Bourriaud, Nicolas. Relational Aesthetics. Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2002
_Blanes, Ruy/ Flynn, Alex/ Maskens, Maïte/ Tinius, Jonas. Micro-utopias: Anthropological Perspectives on art, relationality, and creativity. In: Cuadernos de Arte e Antropologia, Vol 5, nº1/2016, 5-20
*** _Bax, Sander/ Gielen, Pascal/ Ieven, Bram (eds.). Interrupting the City. Artistic Constitutions of the Public Sphere. valiz antennae, Amsterdam 2015
Please find more information and the dates of walks open to external participants at https://purewalks.wordpress.com.
photos by Susanne Soldan