Writing Letters to the Fox

Writing Letters to the Fox


This project, Written Letters to the Fox, as I would put it, is mainly a project of drawing in public spaces, drawing/writing in the public space. And… well, it’s a project were I confirm the existence of non-human animals in those spaces where I write It’s a project that, as I said, is an assertion the assertion of an existence the assertion that we share that space It’s a project that carries a message not to a public especially interested in the artistic practice but to a public that I really think has a certain environmental awareness because is a public that is linked to sports practices So, from that point of view I find, or I have found, much sense/coherence in using tools like Strava, Wikiloc, Map My Tracks which are tools normally used by the athletic community so that the message mainly reaches this type of profile I think that, well it’s part of the tools or the resources, of the artistic strategies It’s to appropriate dissemination channels communication channels that are not necessarily artistic a priori Well, It’s interesting the question of why doing the path running instead of walking Because… it’s true that I began running before writing tagging the ground and one of the things I discovered of running was that when one runs for example, in the mountains they flow through the mountain one does not think or reflect on what surrounds them which does happen when walking when one walks the space So, I think the fact that running is closer to other animals’ dynamic of movement and in this regard I’m very interested I’m also very interested in that for example, there are specialist such as Jon Young who say that we are much more likely to run into a fox or any other animal if we are running instead of walking This is because when we walk our movements are much more predictable and when we run they are not so much we belong more to those movements that are performed in the natural world Unfortunately my first encounter with a fox which was also the encounter which unleashed this whole project was with a dead fox It was a fox I found one day when I went out running I found her on the road To be able to write in the public space and especially to be able to do it with the limitations of the technological tools that I am using I find many barriers and I understand that these barriers are for me when I attempt to write and also for the animals when they attempt to travel In order to write fox while running I have to do it in one go I cannot cut it short if I run into a barrier that I can’t go through let’s say, for example, a fence in a park in a closed off zone in a park I understand that this is a barrier for me but many times it is also a barrier for animals travelling in the space Fox cubs are born in spring Now that it’s August the ones which have been born this year are young At night, if you look out of the window or if you go for a walk you can run into them It is quite common to find young foxes because these cubs, that have been born in spring are now teenagers and very curious youngsters which have no qualms with approaching people they dare to enter gardens We have been lucky during this month of August to have had several foxes visiting our garden

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