[sweeping the pilgrims path]

©performed film and ©performed foto
Museo Centro de Arte Contemporanea,
Santiago de Compostela/ Spain 2000

©Sweeping the Pilgrim’s Path I

June 2000 – 2000th anniversary of Christianity. The Performance Artist Patricia Hoeppe was sweeping the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the most important European Christian’s pilgrims path. The pilgrimage leads to the relicts of St. Jacob in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For ten days and 250 km she swept the final part of this path trough out Spain’s Galician province beginning in Ceibreiro. She swept the path and the villages along the way. Crossing Santiago, she swept the Cathedral. She continued sweeping towards Cape Finesterre/ Land’s End. She throuwed the broom into the sea, there where the Western old world is ending.

©Sweeping the Pilgrim’s Path II

June 2002- after two years the broom appears out oft he Ocean at the very east side of America, at the lighthouse of Montauk on Long Island. The Atlantic Ocean separates and connects the Old World with the New World. Proofed by scientists the ocean streaming causes fish streams, the transport of Columbus and the broom from Spain to America. Patricia Hoeppe picked up the broom and continued sweeping the New World: the rocks of Montauk, Long Island, New York with Manhatten, World Financal Center, Ground Zero, the Underground, Time Square, the Guggenheim Museum, continuing sweeping…as a re-embark sweeping in the new context emphasizes the transformation of the pilgrim’s path. New York City could be an image for the transformation from the sacral to the profan Pilgrims Path.

 The Old World_ Camino Santiago de Compostela and the New World_ New York City 2000/2002
Museo Centro de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2000