A couple of the participants told me they had changed the “rules” of the surf because by choosing a certain item and colour so near the Karl’s bridge, caused them get stuck on the bridge. A more clear awareness of what a tourist-trap really is, comes straight to the surface by following people according to one of my criteria. The way mass tourism is organized precludes any possibility of getting lost. The way this dictates people’s behaviour makes it virtually impossible to experience other layers of reality.
A new way of looking changes the way you experience the reality of the city, but also gives insight in the way a design process starts: by looking, but also constantly questioning your self-imposed criteria. In my opinion, allowing yourself to get lost but within a self-imposed set of criteria, leads to the most interesting designs.
“The red cap journey didn’t last very long, so we decided to chase/follow another item/colour. This time we swapped roles in picking the item and colour. A light blue jumper was the result. This resulted in a discussion about the definition of a jumper. Can a jumper have a zip, or is that a jacket? Can it have buttons, or would that make it a blouse or a polo shirt? What about a hoodie? Or what if we suspect the item of clothing underneath a jacket to be a jumper; does it ‘count’ if we can’t see the whole garment? We also discussed different shades of blue, how dark can light blue be? If it’s ocean coloured, does that count as green or blue? While we were both costume designers, we were constantly re-defining our own rules for judging if criteria had been met. That was an interesting realization.”