within TruckStop, a collaborative project between Centre CLARK (Montréal) and l’Œil de Poisson (Québec City)
Visit truck-stop.ca for project details
Visit truck-stop facebook for daily progress
In this performance, the artist – The Wanderer – traced a line over the course of 15 days from Centre CLARK in Montréal to l’Œil de Poisson in Quebec City. Following the AutoRoute 20 without being on the highway, at the end of each day he stopped where his wanderings left him.
Pedestrian as an adjective has a sense of dull, everyday, ordinary, which are commonly held notions when one travels between Montreal and Quebec City. It’s often about getting to the destination rather than the journey. To be a pedestrian is to walk, a shared act, part of a common history, even when performed alone. To walk between two cities today is only done in the rarest of instances, if at all. A resistance to walking is on the rise, certainly, with the increase of motorized/automated modes of transport, the desire to go farther in less time has become commonplace. Taking time to walk and to encounter the world one foot at a time is a contrast to the quickness of contemporary life and offers the chance to see things that are not commonly witnessed.
The Wanderer’s voyage was during the Construction holidays (July 22 to August 6, 2017). At the end of the walk, the work – incarnated by the Wanderer – was returned to Montréal by way of Fero Transport, a company specializing in the transportation of art.
A pedestrian trace ~ a walk from Montréal to Québec City
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 9:00 am at Centre CLARK, Montreal
August 4 – afternoon at l’Œil de Poisson, Quebec City
Route: following the Jean Lesage Autoroute 20 – total distance: 315 km
Visit the truck-stop facebook for images from the walk.