Urban Hitchhiking is a project that reimagines the traditional concept of hitchhiking: instead of hitching a ride in a vehicle, the hiker hitches a walk in the company of a pedestrian. You can do this simply by placing yourself in the midst of pedestrian traffic and raising your thumb. The purpose is to encounter a random passer-by and share a moment with them as well as to challenge conventional ideas of the Finnish national character.
To be mounted in HAM Corner, the Urban Hitchhiking installation will consist of photographs, sound recordings and route maps that were all produced during authentic hitchhiking situations in Helsinki. The exhibition is free and will be open from July 7 until September 24 from Tuesday till Sunday between 11-19 o'clock. The installation showcases snapshots of pedestrians in Helsinki and their lives. It also serves as an invitation and a platform for the visitors to try urban hitchhiking themselves.
The installation in HAM Corner is constructed of materials that document the hitchhiking period in June 2017. It will be created by the Encounter Arts group consisting of Lauri Jäntti, an anthropologists of religion and urban activist, and Tuuli Malla, performance artist.
The first Urban Hitchhiking event took place in Helsinki in summer 2016, and since then similar events have been organised in Arkhangelsk, Lappeenranta, Tartu and Prague as well as other places. Visitors who have tried urban hitchhiking for themselves during the exhibition can upload material detailing their experiences to the Urban Hitchhiking Facebook group or to urbanhitchhiking Instagram page.
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