These relationships can be represented, mapped out only if they are performed, acted upon, experienced through. This mapping ‘from within’ which relates the psyche and the body to the physical, the socio-political and the cultural space, has been explored by several art groups and socio-urban practices, starting with the great ‘walkers’ and ‘wanderers’ of history and including the Surrealists, the Situationists and contemporary urban research and media practices.
In his book Walkscapes, Francesco Careri suggests that the ‘architectural’ construction of space began with human beings wandering in the Palaeolithic landscape: following traces, leaving traces. The slow appropriation of the territory was the result of this incessant walking of the first humans.
By considering ‘walking’ as the beginning of architecture, Careri proposes another history of architecture – one which is not that of settlements, cities and buildings made of stones but of movements, displacements and flows …. It is an architecture which speaks about space not as being contained by walls but as made of routes, paths and relationships.
Doina Petresca, Field Magazine, Vol. 1(1)