NAOMI BUENO DE MESQUITA
Within the context of the theatricalisation of every day life, public space can be observed and studied as scenography. The multiplication of staged and imagined realities can be most intensely felt in urban public space where layers of tourism, entertainment, consumption, art, work, leisure, history, policies, and politics come together. It is precisely here where we can see how people live between realities and how they cope with its complexity. In Prague 1 I explore how local inhabitants create own parallel worlds within the reality of mass tourism. How do the (temporary) worlds come about, where do they emerge and what stories can be told about those places and practices? For the duration of a week I unravel this subject using different approaches of performative mapping: audio story mapping, navigational operations and drawings.
Audio story mapping; every day I interview local inhabitants and ask them to take me to a place that is associated with sheltering. On location they explain me the unwritten rules or codes that are accompanied with the place or they tell me a story that is related to the place. This conversation is recorded. The readers of the map (listeners in this case) can go to the exact same location to disclose the story for that particular place. In this exhibition space some examples can be heard. For more stories you can download the tracks and listen to them on location by going to the place and to this website: http://performativemapping.net/btwreal/audio