Skulptur.Projekte in Münster

 

Returnity
Sculpture.Projects in Münster 1997
a collaboration with Elin Wikström.

Returnity was a temporary bicycle-club that existed in Münster, June 21 -Sept 28 1997.

 

returnity

 

The activities at the club were taken care of by three persons. One took care of visitors, informed, discussed and helped them to put on the compulsory equipment: cycle helmet, knee- & elbow- protections and an orange waistcoat which made the returnity-cyclist visible to the other cyclists. An other person did the teaching, gave instructions and took care of each returnity-cyclist on the training-track. The third person counted/registered all the cyclists passing by on the Promenade in both directions. There were two registers, one for ordinary cyclists and one for returnity-cyclists who had made a whole round around the Promenade.

Of those over 2200 people who tried returnity-cycling during this 100-day-period, took part of the ideas and the discussion upon which Returnity was built but also were generated by the physical experience of returnity-cycling, a group of about 50 real enthusiasts turned out. After 3-4 practising-occations they were offered to take part of the tour around the Promenade. These tours took place 1-2 times a week during the whole summer.

 

returnity

The returnity-kit can be mounted on any ordinary bicycle. By learning to move in a new direcion a field of thoughts and experience in which we can apprehend reality differently is created. The relation between the motion of the body and the motion of the bike, between the bike and the surroundings, other cyclists, directions et.c and the complexity of regarding this through the driving mirror.

 

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Returnity was a temporary bicycle-club that existed in Münster, June 21 -Sept 28 1997.

The club had nine bikes and a club-house which was situated in connection with the Promenade, a 4,5 km bicycle-path incircling the old centre of Münster. In front of the club-house was the practising-area, an about 100-meters side-path of the Promenade.
The Returnity-bike is an ordinary bicycle, with an extra cog-wheel added, which makes the bike move in the opposite direction, when you pedal normally. To facilitate this way of moving the bike is also provided with two driving-mirrors and training-wheels. Any ordinary bike is a possible returnity-bike.