Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.
Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they choose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.
This is a new way to experience a place and especially powerful with children. I worked several summers in Paris with an art program and the assignment for each student the first day was to do an de´rive by themselves. They picked random locations from a hat and then left for the afternoon, returning that evening with their experience and some form of quick art. It was an amazing project for these students and got them immediately connected to their surroundings.
We ended up in a tucked away art department by following an interesting collection of graffiti. We read them as signs that led us to the next location (a kiln with broken pottery, a closed up room with art stacked and falling, so much discarded art in hallways…). It was so completely absorbing, fascinating and even magical. We were in flow, together! Time ceased as the journey unfolded. My kids thought it was the best adventure and breathlessly exclaimed, “wow!” and “look at this!” with each new discovery. Guy DeBord wrote about the different ambiances and zones within an urban area, and we we figured that we stumbled upon an unknown zone within the college campus we thought we knew so well. (We had actually walked in this area before, but zones are fleeting and change over time, so habitual wandering is useful).
Traditionally, in a de´rive, there is an expectation that you will make some sort of art based on your exploration. This art can be made while on the de´rive or when you return home, but the idea is that you record the walk in some manner. Photography is easy, but you might also make a map, take video or audio recordings, write something, or bring pieces back from the journey to use in your studio. We opted for photographing the graffiti that had enchanted us.
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