Walking with Constantin

Today I will talk about a project that struck me for its simplicity and resourcefulness. This often happens when you see what is happening in the world of street art, but lately for some reason, it is increasingly rare.


Constantin Demner's project in the UK deals with how walking in the city has almost lost its relevance. People nowadays rarely walk, and it's difficult to even find children playing in the yard. The development of the virtual world allows us to stay home, and it seems like there are increasingly alternative ways to travel from point A to point B just to meet daily needs for food and livelihood in the city. I'm afraid to even think about the times when people do not have to get up from their chairs and leave their cells, equipped, in their opinion, with the necessities of life.


So, in 2004, Constantin devised an excellent and easy-to-produce method for marking walking routes on the pavement. Converting a simple carrier by adding a paint dispenser, he created an unnoticeable guerrilla unit for marking. It is an excellent example of DIY ideology, and a great reason to go for a walk.


Walking along pre-planned routes, the artist used the modified stroller to leave marks on the sidewalk. Later, he also hung boxes for free speech and comments. Over the course of time and following these interventions, people left a variety of comments and statements.

Surprisingly, such a seemingly conceptually simple project has several references towards urbanism, migration and even Guy Debord's ideology of psycho-geography. The author not only encourages his townspeople to wander and spontaneously move on the streets, but also reflects on the harmful processes of industrialization and urbanization of our cities.


After designing this theoretical and practical course, he carefully documented everything onto a map; not in the interest of making something to view, but for people to use the path marked by the artist in the physical city.