UTOPIAN IN RESIDENCE – PAZZ – REALITY RESEARCH CENTER BLOG

WALKING / BIKING THE CITY

The city of Oldenburg – as well as many other cities – is made out of two things: walking together and sitting around a fire.

Long ago when there was no spoken language nor words we met each other in places that would today be called Coffee Houses, Bierstuben or Wine Bars. In those days we shared our stories communicating through sounds and bodily sensations, by gestures and movements, with clothes and accessories.

Long ago when there was no spoken language people were able to sense the different realities, the changing atmospheres, echoes and colors, lights and shadows.

When we remember how the city is made out of walking, we realize that we still have those abilities of communication. Then we turn back to the fireplaces sharing our stories about the grass amidst the pavement, about the faces in the concrete wall, about people coming alive in the eyes of each other.

And as a manifest of a utopic change the city of Oldenburg is also made by biking together. In many other places such biking is still a pure utopia. That is why utopic thinking itself is a paradoxical impossibility: a realized utopia is just a part of our daily lives.

Risto

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