(Un)documented Trails

location: brussels

The Undocumented Trails project is a marketplace where the public can contract undocumented workers through a documention process. This process seeks to exchange points of urban experiences between citizens and un-documented workers.

The work that is traded is atypical: the workers need to walk every single street in a defined zone in a city with a GPS track logger. Upon the return from their trip, the GPS data is visualised and evaluated, so that at the end of the festival the entire map of the city will be colored meticulously. Walked routes are negotiated, traversing zones of mutual engagement – underscoring and stimulating a space for empowering working conditions. The streets and the visualized tracks become a testing ground to accentuate issues of documentation and migrancy, literally leaving a ‘paper trail’.

The absurdity of the work is a provocation that enlists workers, festival attendees and passersby to activate and contribute to this collaborative and détourned micro-economy.

The Project Blog contains some field-notes.

Undocumented Trails is a project by Simona Sofronie, Thomas Laureyssens and Tina Bastajian .