Juan lives on the streets and mountains of Bogotá near my university.
He always seats where the chair is. In this project, people who walked by where invited to sit in his place, and hear his voice and stories in headphones installed at the spot.
̈Querer habitar ̈ Want to inhabit final project in the University 2013
“I am Juan, the Chilean, an adventurous walker. I earn daily what I need for my basic needs, my breakfast, to have lunch…I live on the top of the hills. I live already 20 years over there. I always wake up with zero budget and so it depends how the weather is…if the weather is good, nice…if not…anyway I have to go down because I need to check how is the habitat of people here. With these people I communicate and some of them help me. I don’t know but here…there are many different paths in this life and it can be that all of them are right. To not be committed with anybody and to not take part in a constant routine…to be like a little bird and observe what comes in your way. Apart from that, to not be attached or dependent on any rule…to be free of all those things, to be detached. Do you understand me?
I don ́t know….As I feel good I keep going with this same ritual. I like this place because it ́s more neutral. It ́s not in any entrance of the university. I have been always occupying the church as my office.
I observe the routine of the people, the students…when they arrive, when they leave, when they make photocopies…or when they plan to go for lunch. I dedi- cate myself to observe the public in this way.
I like to feel the time…here one can feel the time…do you get me? I ́m not attached to any routine and I see that the people pass by in a hurry because they are attached with their routines, their times… what I don ́t have. I think it ́s very funny to see all these people in a hurry going to their appointments and obligations because they have to do it.
The time is a measure of the daily tasks, for example, in a day. If a day has 24h one has to do something in this 24 hours.
I guide myself more with the sun and the nature…I let the nature in charged. I don ́t wear a watch because I don ́t have appointments so I ́m free in this sense. People are very attached to the time and they think I ́m detached from time. I ́m somewhere in the middle…time doesn ́t catch me…I simply let myself be driven by it.
I wish the people would be free and forget a little bit about the time and in this way they would not have borders.”