Feb 17, 2013

Dérive Day 2013 – Tales from Madrid, Luxembourg, Stockholm.

This post is the second and last in a series of Dérive Day 2013 posts

The following three reportages of Dérive Day 2013 were kindly compiled by Veronica Yow, who also headed up the organisation of the one-day-marathon urban exploration event, that had 60 users in 23 locations worldwide using Dérive app to explore their urban surroundings in new ways. The following three tales give a bit of insight into what the derives were like for Yasmine, Linh and Grace.
yasmine
Dérive #580 39min, 43 cards

Most Striking Observations:
Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 11.39.49 PMFind a sound, this is one of the lovely street performers that you find in the heart of the city.I like how that even from nothing, you can make something.

Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 11.39.55 PMThis is the second one, because it was just in the beginning and it got me so curious to continue, because this is a road I walk on everyday.What a beautiful day when you see a man who cannot see have so much vision.
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I realized that the state of mind I enjoy the most, is the traveling state; because of constant curiosity and always being opened to new things. It is not something that’s so difficult to do but we are always focused on meaningless things that we disregard the beautiful things around us.

lihn
Dérive #544 62 cards

Most Striking Observations:
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My favorite moment of the day was realizing how beautiful this corner was on a snowy day. The building in the background was the State Savings Bank building (Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat), which lies on the other side of Adolphe Bridge, the national symbol of Luxembourg. The discovery was purely coincidental – I were merely trying to follow a person holding a bag and taking a photo of him from afar.

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Another coincidence happens when I tried to capture a tree nearby Place d’Armes, a square in the heart of the old town. The photo of the tree turned out to be a lovely moment between a cute couple walking hands in hands a few meter away from me. Their smiles on a chilly winter day remind me that such simple, heartfelt connections exist in this world.
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Not All Art Will Go Down In History” – this quote from Casino Luxembourg, a Forum for Contemporary Art that I encountered during the adventure, captures my thoughts for the day. Not all art will be remembered, just as how urban spaces and human interactions often went forgotten amidst the chaos of our lives.

Click to see Linh’s own blog post here

grace
Dérive #540 1656m, 98min, 157 cards

Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 11.40.32 PMMost Striking Observations: There are a lot of senior citizen couples who walk around holding hands in Stockholm. It really made me smile seeing so many old couples walk around together and showing love & care to each other.
Most Common Observation (you usually missed on a daily basis):
The clothes in Stockholm are colourful. I always thought that Swedish people love black and thus the clothes would just be dark and boring. However, every shop I went to had so much red and yellow.
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