|The rituals of everyday life trace regular paths along streets and through buildings, organising the solids and voids of the built environment into narratives and patterns of association. Complicated by memory and social rituals, our experience of the city is of a dynamic place, a stage for public performances and private tragedies, of significant moments and the incredibly mundane. The habits, rituals, and actions of its population, the lived experiences within the city define it as something that is always current, always in constant, random movement.
rePLACE BEIJING begins by a public invita-
tion to reconsider the city as an active process of documenting time and place inseparable
|from our everyday, lived experience. Your participation is requested as a singular contribution towards an alternative, collective understanding of how the city both literally and metaphorically vibrates, or where 'the beaten track' runs rich with/counter to personal knowledge, memory and cultural myth.
Anyone located in Beijing can participate by mapping out a frequent route from their day-to-day life, recording the regular patterns and particular moments associated with this journey. Simply follow the instructions to upload your route as well as text, images, video and/or sound documenting observations and discoveries made along the way. You can also take part following a 'tour package' prepared
|by someone else. Simply download the PDF map of any of the routes already uploaded and retrace someone else's everyday ritual.
Through the various stages of the project, rePLACE seeks to provide a way to understand the city, not only through its built spaces, but in the ways its residents are interacting with it in their daily lives——the routes we follow and the moments where these routes cross, overlap and run parallel or tangent to each other. This is foremost a reconsideration of history and image-making outside of our traditional understandings of these terms, where forms of heritage preservation can go beyond passive historicisation and generate living processes to actively celebrate the city-in-flux.
rePLACE is a project initiated in 2007 by PROGRAM and Transit Lounge. rePLACE in 2011 is organized by Daniel Berndt, Elaine W. Ho and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. rePLACE BERLIN and rePLACE BEIRUT are supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Arab Image Foundation and PROGRAM. rePLACE BEIJING is supported by HomeShop and PROGRAM. For more information please contact: mail[at]re-place[dot]info
rePLACE柏林是一个由PROGRAM和Transit Lounge于2007年发起的项目。 2011年的rePLACE由Daniel Berndt、何颖雅与Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga组织。rePLACE柏林和rePLACE贝鲁特由Anna Lindh欧洲-地中海文化交流基金会、 阿拉伯图片基金研究中心以及PROGRAM支持。rePLACE北京由家作坊支持。 更多的信息请e-mail联系： mail［圈A］re-place[点]info。
rePLACE was invited to participate at the Tracing Mobility Open Platform at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, November 26-27.
Elaine W. Ho of the rePLACE team is in Wuhan, China, from October-December in order to teach a psychogeography workshop of everyday routes through Wuhan at the Architecture Department, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
The rePLACE Beirut and rePLACE Berlin workshop publications are ready! There are limited copies available, please contact mail[at]re-place[dot]info if you are interested in receiving one.