Jungle Fever (wish you were here) in Neufelden

Fourth activation of  the JUNGLE FEVER user’s guide 8 hour excursion (page 22-30), as a prelude to Flussaufwärtstreiben # 3


A series of experiments in reclaiming Leisure and Tourism using the strategies of their consumption

Die Station outdoor area is used as the departure lounge and a base / meeting point where the JUNGLE FEVER user’s guide can be acquired and activated in collective and individual excursions. 

15 participants started, 8 finished the whole journey. There were some visitors too.


JUNGLE FEVER user’s guide

A 42 pages pocket size user’s guide in three languages (English, German and French) replacing the artist turned tourist guide that I had been in past experiments.

An invitation to play, in our every day, together or alone, indoors or outdoors, at home or abroad, it proposes short ballades, 8 hours and 24 hours journeys. The instructions can be followed literally, metaphorically, or poetically and the accompanying map refer equally to the body, the mind or the environment (indoor or outdoor) as potential sites of exploration.

8 hour itinerary

As long as a working day, it has been arrived at through a deconstruction of many trips found in conventional travel guides.

We start with a breakfast and an introduction of the day and of the users’s guide.
Some stay at base all day, travelling in their head, some leave in the morning and come back at the end, following the 8 hour itinerary scrupulously,  a few drop in and out.
We finish with gathering back at base for a moment of improvised recollection before good food and wine and the sharing of one’s stories as one does after a good trip away.

jungle fever jingle (2013)
single screen projection, looped, 5.17 mins

Katarian Tritschler contributed JUNGLE NUMBERS (1 to 10) drawn on wood pieces to identify the 10 JUNGLE locations mentioned in the guide and map.
Regine Tritschler composed and performed the JUNGLE FEVER song used as a soundtrack for JUNGLE FEVER JINGLE. It contains all one needs to know about JUNGLE FEVER, the slow pace helps participants to relax, concentrate and get in the mood for the journey to come.

jungle fever, neufelden, last ballad (2013)
single screen projection, 37.18 mins

” mirror what you did, echo what you heard, walk backward, leave no trace”. (JF guide, page 24)

JUNGLE FEVER (wish you were here)

was initiated in 2011, originally as an attempt to reclaim Leisure and Tourism, by subverting the strategies of their consumption for collective explorations of personal borders, as if they were exotic or unchartered territory. The  project has evolved in response to what fellow junglers contributed along the way. It was thought that perhaps it is not just Tourism that needs to be reclaimed, since hand in hand, the media and the global economy have transformed the world into a glossy attraction, and its inhabitants into tourists and consumers.

It is inspired by Rober Filliou insightful words: “ Leisure will have an important role in society. .. The role of the artist is to promote the creative use of leisure and creativity as a way of life, but also as a weapon against  alienation” (Teaching and learning as performing art, 1970.)