The action of walking the tramways, gives me direction and an opportunity for seeing the city in a different light serendipity to present itself.
After my visit to the transport museum, I decided it would be useful to purchase a map of Dundee. I am always looking to save money and the obvious solution was to purchase a second hand map on eBay.
The parcel arrived by post, I opened the brown paper parcel and predicted a morning of drawing the lines of the tram routes I will follow. I wondered if this would be a easy task on a 1980’s edition of the Dundee streets.
I was very disappointed to find someone had already drawn a route on the map and I studied the colourful lines drawn with felt tip, on the maps surface. An uneasy feeling started to grip my body. The lines on the map followed the route of the tramways I will walk. “No way!” I though, “How is that even possible.” and “Will anyone believe me!”
I have decided to walk the trace of the tramway, from Dundee past. The journey is the line on the map above. I intentionally gave myself a set route to give the journey some level control than the art of drifting.
What makes the walk along the tramline in Dundee art is my intention to walk – it’s a decision I have made, if those lines were the marks of a drawing there would be no hesitation, yes this is art, but those lines I walk can be compared to the drawn lines , they have the same intention, the details I highlight on my journey can be compared to the finer details of a drawing. The same intention a draftsman has in creating 3-dimensional spaces on a page in the same intention I have in presenting time and space within the journey.
I found a drawing of the old tramways on the bottom shelf of a cabinet in Dundee Transport Museum. It was hidden under the history of timetables and tickets. My mind wonders, what stories could be found within those streets?
“The trace of the journey represents the temporal gap between the past and the present.”