2012, single-channel video, 24’14’’
RUNSCAPE is a political response to the current privatisation and militarisation of our cities. When running remains the only unbounded space in the urban field, a young man is continuously running in Hong Kong’s back alleys and abandoned spaces, revealing alternative routes to the globalised and controlled urban spaces. Following the fragmented course of images, a narrative unfolds the history of street fighting from the 19th century Parisian revolutions, to 1968 and up to contemporary fighting.
A multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (born 1966 in Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (born 1969 in Saint-Étienne, France). The duo of artist/architect has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using various means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space.