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The Ignorant Tour Guides

in collaboration with Alkis Hadjiandreou



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The Ignorant Tour Guides is a performance piece conceived in 2011 by performer, Ben Evans and architect/artist, Alkis Hadjiandreou, in a variety of sites and cities and enacted by the participants involved each time. First presented as a walking tour through Mülheim an der Ruhr during a two-month residency at NRW Kultursekretariat Tanzrecherche #7, and later in Paris as part of La Piscine, a collaborative project initiated by artist, Myriam Lefkowitz, and supported by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

By means of the form of an audio and visual guide, Evans and Hadjiandreou create the conditions within which the walker-participant may gestate the experience they are having in any given environment in which perambulating with the audio-visual tool occurs. The action itself draws attention to a set of questions previously formulated by the artists, and not to directions on how to perceive the features of a place or what to anticipate of its history, geography, and cultural landscape, or the people inhabiting it. A destination is intentionally absent in the method of the guide, just as the artists are absent as “guides”, bestowing a time to defamiliarise oneself from a sheltered knowledge and to engender place as something roving by way of active perception. Perhaps, a cue offered is to review what it means to be in or at a place and to be put out of place; to hold a relative freedom of movement and to endure an unwished for migration. The ignorant tour guides confuses the boundaries between historical verity, the authority of belongingness and social displacement. It incites actors to perform their passage (this time the locale is Paphos) through a walking and wondering that is unrepeated and undocumented. As if any narrative and experience to be constructed were a constellation of social equilibrium, dissimilar fantasies and the foresight activated through a myriad of guided uncertainties.

-Maria Petrides


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Dates of creation: 1 October - 11 November 2011

Part of Planetes, Cultural Capital of Europe Pafos (Greece) - 28 January - 28 February 2017

In permanent residency at Ringlokshuppen. (Guide available in English and German)
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Ben Evans/Alkis Hadjiandreou

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Ben Evans

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Ben Evans

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Ben Evans

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Alkis Hadjiandreou

Ben Evans

Ben Evans

Ben Evans