The Bridge

/walk piece, thessaloniki, 2018

Corporeal and aware bodies, therefore less conditioned by standard time/space compression civilization brings forward, walked in silence through urban heat and moisture. They were guided by gestural language and non verbal signs, as to offer the condition for an autonomous and individual participation, cutting through layers and textures the city consists of, while becoming part of a 100-minute experience, a Walk Piece in silence, starting in the museum at 7:30 AM.

Since 2008, artist David Bergé has been making Walk Pieces, during which he guides participants in silence along a precise trajectory and within a precise timeframe through textures and infrastructures that comprise the city. Walking together in silence resonates differently with the phenomenological minutiae of street life. Walk Pieces have passed through ancient, modern and contemporary infrastructures: a museum without a floor, in the proximity of containers being offloaded from trucks, through narrow alleys and over large squares, through the bedroom of an art collector, the stage of an opera and here in Thessaloniki: an almost finished metro tunnel.

A certificate of this Walk Piece, signed by its participants, became part of the collection of the Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art (now MOMUS).

The Bridge, 2018
4 walk pieces by David Bergé
commissioned by curator Domna Gounari
at Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA)
supported by Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art
project assistant: Stavroula Gatsou