© Rui Gaiola
The project “Unfixed” addresses the theme “No Borders” pedalling around the question posed by Buckmister: “What are you?”
The answer appears to me in the form of a series of questions: is what I am what I do professionally? Or may it be what I do in my free time? Am I defined by the coordinates of where I was born? Or am I simply the cumulative result of my past? And if you do not have a past, as Fernando Pessoa who does not know the future and who lost the past? Can I be just the present?
Around this restless circuit, I found the answer on my ship made bike, more specifically a “fixed gear”, as actual and global as the question itself.
When riding a fixed gear, I am the present in, a synchronized movement between me and the bike, like a cyborg, half man half machine. I break the boundary between what I imagine myself to be, what I really am and what others expect me to be. Still, I lose myself in the question: “What are you?”
I cycled next to a girl who peddled calmly, and a boy who was desperately trying to beat a record. Both showed me what they did, not what they were and I was still disoriented.
The questioning came back to the starting point and I tried to get out of this cycle, to eliminate the boundary between the correct and incorrect, between reality and imagination and use the bike to achieve the absence of any boundaries.
08 NOV — 22 DEC
Av. Duque d’Ávila 120 A
07 NOV / 19:15