field notes from the wild: Walchensee

Last weekend I decided to do another experiment outdoor. This time I wanted to be close to water, so I choose the pristine Walchensee. It is one of the deepest, biggest lakes in the Alps and very old and cold. When I am there I always get a solemn awareness of time. I imagine this whole huge area filled with gigantic glaciers and who knows what else?

When the sun went down temperature dropped drastically. I realized that my sleeping place right at the water front wasnt ideal for hiding or using a big light – anyone could see me from anywhere.

So I stayed in the dark and that was phantasic because I could see all the shooting stars and my eyes and ears got extremely sensitive to the smallest sensations. It feels as if every part of the body becomes a sensor..and yes – antenna for subtle movements!

And then finally .. coffee time at 5:30 in the morning.

One of the best moments of the night,
apart from the gentle hoots of the owls and countless shooting stars and night animals rambling in the wood – causing temporary panic attacs (just as effective as strong coffee to stay awake..).

 

Walking in Paris

Walking with a wood antenna .. trying to detect signs and signals from the trees. It was a very quiet Sunday night – October but still a warm brise along the Seine. I saw quite some rats as I walked along the river, we greeted each other.
I was guided and accompanied by the both wonderful Valéry Faidherbe and Ramuntcho Matta who both filmed discretely my nocturnal adventure.

first test for an antenna

Here you can see my first effort to sew a construction that is able to hold up the wood antennas while I am walking.
The resemblance of our cat Pantoffel and my slippers is a creepy coincidence.