Ramps which don’t allow you to get to the end. Will we succeed in passing?
Even after the dissolution of political regimes and the renunciation of ideologies, some thought patterns, obscure instincts, and destructive urges sometimes continue to smoulder in the background. What should be done with an intangible ghost sneaking out from the shadows?
What shape is it and by what gestures do we recognise it? Do we recognise it in our own defence mechanisms, conformism, self-censorship? Or do we notice it in bureaucratic brakes, on the posters on city façades? Can it appear in the form of an obstacle in a public space?
The prominent Italian artist Giovanni Morbin is coming to the city, who walked in the centre in 2014 with his right hand in a plaster cast, suspiciously immobilised “upwards”. This time we find similar angles with the trajectory of the ramps for pedestrians which stop after opening, on their way up to the full angle and let us take our first step when at 70 degrees, but hamper our very second step. We can try to bypass ten such ramps; meandering can help us to avoid obstacles that slow our movement, but – are we really allowed to pass?