Wat voor fiets?
Wat voor fiets met verchroomd stuur achter bij de aanlegplaats? is a short audiovisual story about a young man who goes out to visit some friends one evening after leaving the cinema. How is it possible that they miss out on each other?
Robbrecht Desmet’s Wat voor fiets met verchroomd stuur achter bij de aanlegplaats? is the fourth instalment of P, a series of exhibitions and events on the idea, the functioning and the aesthetics of the parking lot, curated by De Cleene De Cleene. As an area where cars or other vehicles can be left temporarily, the parking lot is a site that stockpiles potential. It is an aside to the road and to the romantic idea of travel, and a necessary counterpart to the modern preoccupation with speed. It is a secondary place that often goes unnoticed, a landscape at the service of a department store, an amusement park, a factory, a journey. Once an ‘enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase’, it has become an increasingly questioned, regulated yet volatile landscape. It is a patchwork incessantly formed by aesthetic, functional, ecological, political and economic strategies. It is a place of temporary stagnation at the service of movement, a grid that gathers and structures objects, people and stories in a continuously changing puzzle.
The line that connects A to B, pauses at P.
Michiel & Arnout De Cleene
Screening at 019 parking lot in the port of Gent, september 2019