A comment as an Experiencer
Looking back at my drawing, after 3 weeks of having walked with Lotte
It's interesting to try to locate the walk with the path. It's definitely not like looking at a map, in which the relation of the traces in the paper relate to the distribution in the city. It feels like reading a script of how the walk was based on the decisions that we took in order to navigate, our drifting together.
Somehow these traces are like a snapshot of how we related during the walk. The most interesting part comes when I cannot locate what I was drawing. Like in the park close to where the pigeon king appears, that kind of a square within a bigger square with a line that doesn't really end nowhere. It took me some time to figure out that what was happening there was that I wanted to leave but somehow felt that Lotte wanted to keep walking.
Looking back at this was interesting because even though that memory is located in the city, in a very particular place. That place takes a spot in the drawing, just when it also locates a spot in our experience of walking together. This somehow makes it traceable weeks later.
Something different happens when the lines are "random" or labyrinthic. There it was pure drifting. The space even if it was still playing a role on how we related, don't create in me a traceable experience. Maybe we were walking comfortably, maybe we got some kind of agreed rhythm and the path became homogeneous.
For me it is interesting to be able to notice how space gets shaped when we perform it. It gains a kind of location that doesn't relate to geographical location -like the one in my memory, or the paper or as relation with the encounter- that makes it a tracking position within a map. These locations somehow take importance as they affect us and with that mark a point on how we relate with the other.