"For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world — impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito. The lover of life makes the whole world his family, just like the lover of the fair sex who builds up his family from all the beautiful women that he has ever found, or that are or are not — to be found; or the lover of pictures who lives in a magical society of dreams painted on canvas."
In December 2017 I did a 3 months residency in Macau. During this time, I lost myself and strolled the streets of the city, without destination.
Curious with the imaginary of the old Portuguese colony, the “pearl of the east”, I’ve found a territory of contrasts and juxtapositions that co-live together, between the old and the new, the nature and the urban, the permanence and the ephemeral, the tradition and the contemporaneity, the west and the east.
The dérive is a revolutionary strategy originally coined by Guy Debord, defined as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances." It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relations and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there".