Return Home by Bicycle

Return Home by Bicycle

After experiencing slow motion through an installation in 2012, I ended up getting scolded by the police, hastily packing up, and fleeing the scene on my bicycle.

On the ride home on my bicycle, I began to understand the issue with the rapid passing of time. Living a life chased by time, even if you desire to slow down, you're caught up in a cycle of 'I have to do this, I have to do that,' making it difficult to actually take it slow. Even if there are things important to you, you might miss them, thinking 'I'll do it someday' but prioritizing other tasks instead.

This is similar to pedaling a bicycle at high speed. You arrive at your destination faster if you hurry. Focusing to maintain high speed means you hardly remember anything other than reaching your destination. Conversely, pedaling slowly may not get you there as fast, but that's okay. You might take detours, relax, and remember more than just arriving. Sometimes, the detours leave a lasting impression.

found an incredibly long branch in a detour

When rushing to a destination, it's natural not to remember the journey since you were in a hurry. Since you don't remember anything other than arriving, days feel shorter, and time seems to fly by. However, remembering things other than just your destination doesn't make time feel as fast. It seems there's a correlation between the density of memories and the perception of time.

The solution might seem to start something new or take detours. But it's not just that.

New experiences and detours become less fresh with repetition. The point is, while new experiences are memorable, repetitive events are less so, turning daily life into a routine filled with repetitions.

However, today's installation was on a familiar, often-traversed path. The addition of something like fondue created slow motion. Even routine, seemingly unremarkable events can become new experiences with a touch of fondue. If we can experience repetition as something new, it could affect the density of our daily memories.

Pondering this while cycling, I felt that exploring today's phenomenon could potentially address the sensation of time passing too quickly.

On the way home, I decided to explore this. It doesn't have a name yet. Since it resembled cheese fondue, I decided to call it "Fondue."