while the “movement syndrome” figures were spreading around the tallinn gate area. people were on the move too. at some points their paths came a cross. as a result of that some passers-by stopped and confronted us with the question: “what are you doing?”, while others kept on walking thus wondering with a loud voice: “what are these?”. also there were passers-by, who did not seem to notice anything different compared to the usual and passers-by, who said: “these girls are making art!”. there where children, who seemed to recognize the climbing paper figures as animals, bugs, frogs etc: “look, mom, baby monkeys!”, “vow, so much spiders!!!”, ” … i thought these were frogs.” and then there was this one lady, who stopped because her kid was picking up one of our figures from the ground and she said to the boy : “you can’t take it!”. and as i was witnessing the situation quite closely, i reassured the same, by saying: “yes, we will need it,”. whereupon the lady asked: “how these figure were made?” and after hearing: “these are folded from paper”, she confronted me with a command: “then fold it to us!”. after what i turned her down by saying: “sorry, but we don’t have any extra paper, though you can easily fold it at home by googling the instructions…”.
then on another day, when we were repairing the installation and stayed on the installation area for about 30 minutes in order to observe, take pictures etc, one lady turned to us by asking: “what are these white peace ambassadors about?”. in the mean time two young male passers-by with wheel bags just run over the paper guy in the tallinn gate without blinking an eye.
so based on these couple of days, i think it’s fair to say, that the most challenging position for the “movement syndrome” installation is on the ground. as the figures down below the horizon of the human eye seem to be unnoticed the most. figures on the ground meet all sorts of passers-by: the safe ones, who notice them, as well the ones, who note on the very last minute, and the ones, who seem to be moving around with “horse blinders” or have their eyes occupied on their phones or just the ones who do see them, but just don’t seem to care.
katri © pictures by alide