Time To Read
Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2003
The image of a person sitting in the tram and reading, on the way between home and work, day by day is well known. In this situation silence and concentration, that are associated with the process of reading, interfere with the noise and hectic rush of the urban work life. During one week I took the time to read in a tram in Essen daily from morning to evening. I tried to embody the common image of a person reading in the tram with the attempt to offer another interpretation of this transitional situation and to question the cliché of the relation between work, leisure and holiday. For me the week in Essen was like a holiday with the rhythm similar to a normal working day. The whole stay was based on an extreme extension of a period of time that is usually experienced as wasted.