(Project by Carola Rümper (fine artist) into the Roads of Cairo/down Town, Execution of 11.11.10 — 19.11.10)
By previous journeys to Egypt the artist was already known that the Rümperiens also have settled in Cairo. In order to resume the research, places where the Rümperiens were assumed, should be marked.
Carola Rümper went on to search the habitats of the Rümperiens, equipped with a (traffic-) sign, on which is read “Attention Rümperiens”. At the places, on which she discovers the Rümperiens, she placed the sign.
This action produced attention from passersby and at once they asked what she is doing there. So Rümpergets the possibility to inform about the Rümperiens and a conversation results itself.
At this point the artistic work went further than the research and documentation of the Rümperiens, communication and interaction became the center of the artistic work. In the talks with the people also new contents developed in apart from the research. In that context people also told about parts of their life and their home. The street trader, who regards the apparent “Tourist” as a potential customer, finds himself in to a completely new situation, in which this customer instead offers informations, the trader is asked as an informant.
The artist becomes part of the public society and finds out stories about the life of the Egyptian habitants, about the everyday life happening in the roads and places of Cairo. Thus she was known from one man that she should act carefully, because the military police is omnipresent. It is not reliably whether it is allowed for her, to hold a questioning about the Rümperiens at a public place like Midan Tahrir. Each accumulation of Men produces distrust and is observed critically.
But Carola Rümper went on and ended the project with a lot of new informations of the Rümperiens and about an unknown culture for her.