A Hobos hunt to reveal the extraordinary through the ordinary day (Gilles Deleuze)


The Victoria and Albert Museum has 7 miles of galleries filled with collections of rare and precious items. In response to an invitation to participate in a symposium at the V&A I made a 7 mile walk at Tramp / Flâneur pace. Starting north of the museum and heading south (as the crow flies)– during the journey I identified items on route, which I traced and printed thereby rarefying their existence. A hobos hunt “to reveal the extraordinary through the ordinary day”.


“The Long poem of walking manipulates spatial organizations, no matter how panoptic they may be: it is neither foreign to them (it can take place only within them), ….. Within them it is itself the effect of successive encounters and occasions that constantly alter it and make it the other’s blazon: in other words, it is like a peddler, carrying something surprising, transverse or attractive compared with the usual choice.” -Michel de Certeau

M. de Certeau, 'Walking in the City' in The Practice of Everyday Life, US,UK: University of California Press 1984, p,101