The journey. This takes a few days by train, but who benefits? We as artists of course, because we can investigate what is important to us, we enter into a new experience and expand our network. But when you talk about sustainability, it’s not just about what it delivers to you, but also about how nature, animals and other people can benefit.
I would like to focus on the relationship we enter into with the people we meet. Our fellow travelers, the staff on the train, professionals at meetings, passers-by at the station. Thinking about sustainability is quick about materials (wood, for example;)) and products, but less about the sustainability of our networks. This while these are often subject to change.
In the past, without becoming nostalgic and sentimental, by the way, people were married for life and once you were with a boss, you could often stay there until you retired. Love and work relationships have become much more voluntary and flexible. Friendships have also changed a lot due to increasing mobility because they have become less dependent on their place of residence, for example. Contacts are easy to make through the internet, but also easily forgotten.
We are travelers, tourists. People who consume and use exotic locations for our own purposes. I associate this with colonial activities, but rather to expand the power and status of an individual. In this project we are going abroad to work, being expats, labor migrants for one week. But what are the benefits for the local populations? Apart from some money, work and nuisance?