Ghosts on the Streets EU
These lines depict the daily routes of bicycle messengers working in Europe. As a messenger, we’re on the road all day, all year round, in the rain, sleet, snow and sun. The miles we travel each day give us a fast paced visual view of the city that is unparalleled in its perspective. Flying through traffic, ducking through yellow lights, one minute we’re there, the next minute we’re gone.

Over this past winter, I have traveled to eight different cities: (Frankfurt, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Warszawa, Budapest, and Vienna) and rode alongside different bicycle messengers for one whole day; Documenting the route that the messenger takes moving through the urban environment to each individual pick-up and drop-off throughout the work day. I may not be able to completely understand the language of each city, but as bike messengers, we are able to understand each other through the language of the job that we both do.

Bike messengers are the only same day delivery service that can get from one point to another in under an hour. There is a kind of embodied knowledge in manuvering the streets and a form of sub-conscience control of your body while riding a bike that is only acquired after an ample amount of time riding the routes of a city, where the body knows before the mind when to take a quick left or right. This specific aspect of time, distance, and bodily knowledge of your own fitness level is what the messenger’s job is all about: Knowing the shortest distance to any point in the city without having to look at a map, and also knowing approximately how long it will take to arrive there.

What is important to me about this project is that this route could never freely be recreated exactly the same, as the pick ups and drop offs are never in the same order or location, making this specific route very original and personal to the messenger, almost like their fingerprint on the city that day.

After this exposition I will make a return trip to each city to revisit each bike messenger I had worked with. With me, I will bring all these plexiglass map pieces I have made and will freely give each messenger his or her corresponding map as a thank you for allowing me to travel a day and have the perspective of a bike messenger in their city. Thus, wrapping up the project by being able to literally give something back to the community that has enabled me to complete this project.

Throughout working on this project, many bike messengers, some who I have personally known, have been killed while working on this dangerous job. To dedicate this project to the messengers past and the ones out there in the rain, sleet, snow and wind every day who still receive no proper acknowledgment or respect by the society we deliver for in this harsh service industry. You will always be remembered by your fellow messengers on the streets. Ride in Peace fam.

if any people/companies are sensitive of this data please let me know and I will remove said photos immediately.

here is a link to some of the videos from working in each city
https://www.vimeo.com/lockfootposi


Jur, Amsterdam. November 15, 2013


Der Lange, Berlin. October 30, 2013


Balscú, Budapest. November 29, 2013


Hefi, Budapest. December 02, 2013


Dani, Budapest. December 05, 2013


Doma, Budapest. November 27, 2013


Hollo, Budapest. November 28, 2013


Tomi, Budapest. December 03, 2013


OverDrive, London. December 20, 2013


Tim, London. December 19, 2013


the Hou, Paris. November 13, 2013


Jean Boule, Paris. November 12, 2013


Yann, Paris. June 06, 2013


pirateFlo, Vienna. December 13, 2013


(Lotta) and Mex, Vienna. December 11, 2013


FixatoR, Vienna. December 12, 2013


Panda, Vienna. December 10, 2013


Stahu, Warszawa. November 22, 2013


Tim, Frankfurt. January 14, 2014


Tobi, Frankfurt. January 17, 2014


Eppi, Frankfurt. January 20, 2014