Nowadays cities are cruel places. The horizon has been replaced by cell phone screens. The human interactions, exchanges and movements underlie the laws of economic growth and the production process. We do not meet people’s eyes on the street anymore, we do not believe in ghosts, we do not care about tiny details and hidden things, we do not feel the magic in the air, nor the stories around us. Now more than ever, narrative has become a necessity.
Dream-Ground is an investigative project which has emerged as a response to this need. Every picture taken is a short story, a note in a personal diary, a fragment of experiences and movements that, put together, form an emotional atlas of the city.
“Not to find one’s way around a city does not mean much. But to loose one’s way in a city, as one loses one’s way in a forest, requires some schooling. Street names must speak to the urban wanderer like the snapping of dry twigs, and little streets in the heart of the city must reflect the times of day, for him, as clearly as a mountain valley. This art I acquired rather late in life; it fulfilled a dream, of which the first traces were labyrinths on the blotting papers in my school notebooks.”
Berlin Childhood around 1900, Walter Benjamin