My Secret Viennese Ritual

May 2019


In Follow The Lost Umbrella I observed the site-seeing in Venice curious when does a place become worthful site-seeing. Additionally, I deliberatley separated the reading of the text written as a report of this experience from the slide show that would usually follow the text in real time. I separate, or connect (?) these two elements by a walk, in order to emphasise it as an inseparable part of my work.

A few weeks later, I tried to observe the site-seeing in Vienna, the town in which I live for more than 10 years. What does it take to be a tourist at home? Is it possible at all? I remembered a ride in Prater, a popular amusement park in Vienna, that I visited and took almost every week in my first year of life in Vienna - Star Flyer. It was a funny coincidence that the only ride visible from a spot in which premises of my phd program are located is this one which I knew so well. I decided to revisit it, in order to take a picture of the building in which I study now, exactly from up there.

As always, I went for a walk and recorded videos of everything that triggered curiousity, thoughts, impressions. Afterwards, I would write notes about this experience, automatically without much control of order, I'd let memories come naturally, turning into observations. Then, after this story is written I would revisit the videos and take screenshots that I feel do add or follow or depart from the written part.

It turned out that my attempt of being a tourist at home was an hardly possible mission. As long as I felt familiar with what I see, or expexted to see, it was a frustrating experience. Only when I discovered an attraction, and in this case it was another girl feeling familiar with the ride she takes everyday for days, I could extract myself from my own feeling of being home, watching someone who feels more at home than me.

(The result)


My Secret Viennese Ritual consisted of a live reading, at the exact spot in the garden of the university from which my ride is visible, a little walk to the room in which the the slide show was shown.


Read the text


Listen to the reading


Watch the slideshow