Claudia Pilsl

a loose traverse

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Temple to Moorgate
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Temple to Moorgate
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Temple to Moorgate
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Temple to Moorgate
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Temple to Moorgate

Temple to Moorgate, 31 August (shown as part of ‘a loose traverse’)

What did I expect from this? Simply put, I just wanted to observe and explore how I would engage with the space given by the route. With a nod to the situationists, I decided to give my walk some direction by introducing a random element. For this I chose the crosses that I found on my rather tattered map. Not that I really was set to find all the churches but having just bought ‘Hawksmoor’ by Peter Ackroyd I was intrigued enough to let it guide my movements.

On this Tour, I saw a lot of religious buildings serving many different purposes, I found more than were registered in my A-Z and I paid attention to things which I might otherwise not have looked at. At times, I felt like a crazed amateur historian with a weird twist when choosing what to photograph. Yet after an hour or so the process began to change and I was not so much driven by finding the next church but began to focus on the boundaries of the private and the public, on space regulations and the threshold spaces where things are not that clear. I observed where I was allowed to walk and where not, I felt strangely guided by signs barely visible whilst at the same time being tempted to disregard them[1]. Occasionally, I also had vivid flashbacks of my first encounters with London and, even more bewildering, of moments in other cities that I had visited in the past. Overall, it was a strange though enjoyable experience encountering the many different spaces of the City and observe how I related to them. Would I do it again? Yes, indeed.

 

 


[1] When exposed to too much tightly managed space, the simple act of jaywalking can be liberating and the non faces of service entrances refreshing.