“She’s on the horizon.
I go two steps; she moves two steps away.
I walk ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps ahead.
No matter how much I walk, I’ll never reach her.
What good is utopia?
That’s what, it’s good for walking.”
― Eduardo Galeano, Walking words, 1995
Walk the future streets of Jerusalem narrated by a diverse group of authors. Jerusalem lives and breathes the history of its rich and glorious past days. In fact it sometimes feels impossible to even think of Jerusalem in terms of the present, let alone the future. But the city’s future does not only concern the diverse communities of its residents. Jerusalem’s future is a critical facet of the whole region’s future, and possibly the world at large.
50 years after the war that reunited the city and further divided its inhabitants, we look 50 years into the future and embark on multiple guided tours through Jerusalem’s futures. A
How would elderly Mark Zuckerberg and family say goodbye to Jerusalem before leaving to Mars? Is the redemption really as desirable as we pray it is? How would a
SpeculativeTourism.com work in progress in collaboration with Shalev Moran and a growing group of authors, artists and activists was launched as a pilot in June 2017 and will be further developed with more tours, an independent app and further developments exploring cities by walking.
This project continues my long interest in Audio-Spatial Storytelling as explored in the past through projects like You Are Not Here: A Tour of Gaza Through the Streets of Tel Aviv.
“Walking is very calming. One step after another, one foot moving into the future and one in the past. Did you ever think about that? Our bodies are caught in the middle. The hard part is staying in the present. Really being here.”
— Janet Cardiff, Her Long Black Hair, Central Park, NY (2004)