“To walk is to lack a place. It is the indefinite process of being absent and in search of a proper. The moving about that the city multiplies and concentrates makes the city itself an immense social experience of lacking a place -- an experience that is, to be sure, broken up into countless tiny deportations (displacements and walks), compensated for by the relationships and intersections of these exoduses that intertwine and create an urban fabric, and placed under the sign of what ought to be, ultimately, the place but is only a name, the City...a universe of rented spaces haunted by a nowhere or by dreamed-of places.”
The practice of everyday life, Michel de Certeau, 1984
Bird’s-eye-view maps from memory of certain areas of Saigon’s alleys (hems), connecting them with each other forming an infinite map in a loop. This research is a psychogeographic cartography of an abstract alleyway built up from memory and visual data collected in situ. Each piece represents itself and the whole Hem at the same time in a fractal way. Order, repetition of pieces or orientation are purposely not considered. As well as a physical Hem built with constituent pieces exists, there are many other Hems which are built up from our own experiences and projections. Our relationship with places always happen through our senses or constructions (stories, comics, films,etc). The experience of a fictional place and a real one are separated by a thin line.