FOLLOWING PIECE 2.0 / EVERYTRAIL
|FOLLOWING PIECE 2.0 / EVERYTRAIL -- Sven G -- Sat 28 May 2011|
May 27th 2011
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110527 - 10 minute desktop video to accompany reenactment of Vito Acconci's FOLLOWING PIECE (1969) from May 23 until June 14 2011 for the occasion of the REFORMANCE recycled performance festival, June 9, CA2M Madrid (fernandezmiron.com/reformance/ index_eng.htm)
FOLLOWING PIECE is one of Acconci's early works. The underlying idea was to randomly select on the street one of the passers-by who were walking and to follow the person until he or she disappeared into a private place where Acconci could not enter. The act of following could last a few minutes, if the person then got into a car, or four or five hours, if the person went to a cinema or restaurant. Acconci carried out this performance every day for a month. He typed up an account of each 'pursuit', sending each account to a different member of the art community.
The main idea of FOLLOWING PIECE 2.0 / EVERYTRAIL is to make a contemporary rendition of the original by Vito Acconci. Two substantial additions are made to the old version. First of all, the road travelled in pursuit of the anonymous passer-by is tracked, mapped and shared using the online application EveryTrail, controlled by an iPhone 3G. Secondly, the report of the walk is sent out on Facebook immediately after.