Jour J






Jour J

Script, Barcelona 2019



Practice-led PhD Symposium 2019
A joint initiative between the Schools of Design and Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

Draft Date: 29 May 2019
Revision: Second Draft

1.

FADE IN:

Jour J (D-Day): The day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect. (Oxford Dictionaries)

NARRATOR (V.O.)

There is not only one kind of language to speak in the globe despite the English is current ‘international’ standard; there is not only one type of surface to run over the world besides the ever popular trend on road running. What about the baseline for a practice-led researcher who intends to focus on running studies towards his final body of demonstration and written work? Does the term and form of artisthlete concretely exist? In Leeds? In Paris? Or somewhere else?

The First Day

INT. BED MATTRESS – THE LIVING ROOM

On the floor.

It is very dark. A hand, a left hand crosses over the chest and tries to find the watch with vibration alarm on. A push on the side button. The watch indicates 'FRI 26 MAY. 0600'.

The hand goes further to touch the phone half a metre away on the floor. The hand picks up the phone then brings its screen facing towards down to the character’s face to pass the face recognition.

SUPERIMPOSE: The First Day

The right hand levels up to de-active the first alarm labelled:

‘Wake up, Jun’

2.

EXT. OUTSIDE FAHACS BUILDING - DAY

Jun climbs gently over the steps, then drops the fully loaded backpack next to the transparent door. Standing still outside of the closed building, he pulls off his phone.

Ringing.

JUN (O.S.)

(Hesitated)

Morning Chris. I’m in front of the school now but forgot to bring the access card. Should I wait for you outside?

Jun sees himself in the reflection of the glass door.

CHRIS (V.O.)

Alright. I’ll be there.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. AIRPORT - DAY

Foot movements with repeated walking steps over the graphic image and text found on the floor. Reservedly abasing the walking direction, the image consists of multiple triangle shapes and the text reads ‘Leeds Bradford. Yorkshire’s Airport’.

CUT TO:

INT. BARCELONA AIRPORT - LATER

Escalator descends. The large sign ahead shows ‘Equipatages. Baggage. Equipajes.’

EXT. STREET - CITY CENTRE

Warm afternoon. Jun jogs in singlet and shorts next to the pedestrian and bike lanes. Over the 6km distance, many electric scooters and bicycles come from the opposite way. He stops and waits for a traffic light, putting a white running cap on the head.

3.

INT. RECEPTION OF COL·LEGI SANT IGNASI - SARRIÀ

Few steps behind the institution entrance, there stands a table signs ‘Entreculturas - corre por una causa’.

JUN

Hi. I’m here to pick up the Sunday race number.

STAFF

Cursa per educacio. Welcome! We need more international participants like you.

EXT. STREET - CITY CENTRE

Jun jogs on the similar 6k route back to hotel and types on the phone.

JUN (MSG)

Should I join you at the Art Libris now?

CHRIS (MSG)

Yes. I’m Here.

EXT. STREET - CITY CENTRE - LATER

JUN (MSG)

Arrived.

INT. ARTS SANTA MÒNICA

Jun meets Chris at Art Libris.

INT. ARTS SANTA MÒNICA - LATER

Jun wanders around and finds at a corner there is a pile of A4 size paper in different colours and a woman speaks French with her colleague. They explain every artist who wish to be added into an online catalogue just need to leave their web address with the example format as ‘My URL is ...’

Jun picks up a pink marker pen from them and writes on one empty light brown paper letter by letter: h, t, t, p, s, :, /, /

letjun.run

4.

The Second Day

EXT. STREET - CITY CENTRE

Early morning. Quiet street. Jun runs on easy pace across the city from Parc de l’Estació to Parc del Clot, then turns to Plaça de Gaudi followed with Plaça de la Sagrada Familia. The GPS dots continues to draw its line on the city passing Jardins del Palau Robert then Jardins de la Reina Victòria.

SUPERIMPOSE: The Second Day

Slowing down from running to walking, finally, he stops at the Jardins del Doctor Robert.

JUN (O.S.)

Okay. Pre-race-day easy jog. Done.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

(simultaneously)

Okay. Pre-book-fair easy run. Done.

INT. EINA

Jun helps Chris to install the Wind Pansy Press presentation table for the Book Fair. On the right bottom corner, there is an information sheet in Catalan and English which indicates the performance of the day: Reverie Two: Voix Off.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Inspired by the ‘Blind Man’ scene from Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film ‘The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain (2001)’, the work, Reverie Two: Voix off allows volunteer visitors to have an alternative Print.ed fair experience by ‘viewing’ together with the accompaniment and the narration of the artist/performer Zejun Yao.

Jun tries to read the Catalan version.

5.

NARRATOR (CONT’D)

Taking place 6 times during the day, each of the 6 performances will adopt a different walking pace, taking between 5–10 minutes each. Through participation, the visitor as viewer with ‘ephemeral blindness’ must place their trust in their companion and a temporary relationship emerging between the pair.

Jun borrows 6 rubber bands from the organiser. He checks the camera and discusses with the event technicians.

NARRATOR (CONT’D)

The performance consists of ‘visiting’, ‘navigating’ and ‘listening’, the artist leading his collaborator through the audience and then, pausing, a book is chosen from an exhibitor and a selected text read out loud by the artist.

INT. EINA - LATER

Jun starts the performance with the first participant.

JUN

Are you ready?

PARTICIPANT

Yes.

JUN

So please position one hand on my shoulder. This is like the rotation of skateboarding or cycling. When I turn left or right, you can sense it with your hand. And anytime if you feel the pace is too fast, just notify me with a press on the shoulder and I will slow down.

PARTICIPANT

Ok.

JUN

Let’s take a walk outside the room first.

6.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. HOTEL ROOM - LATE NIGHT There is an emptied black backpack lying flat on the single bed. It is lightweight, 12 little volume running pack contains one large storage zip pocket on the back, two mesh pockets on both sides and two mesh pockets on the front for holding 500ml soft water flasks.

Jun starts packing.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

The race pack is the on-the-go pack. It is the last mile field pack for a digital-nomad runner. It is the ‘assault’ pack for an artisthlete undertaking their mission.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - LATER

Jun finishes packing. He puts the phone and the watch on charging. He leaves the running cap on the top of the bed lamp.

He turns off the light.

The Third Day

EXT. CROSSROAD - BEFORE DAWN

Street lights over the crossroad.

SUPERIMPOSE: The Third Day

INT. HOTEL ROOM

A hand grabs the phone which indicates a list of alarms on the screen: 05:47 (inactive) 06:01 (Alarm) 06:03 (Alarm) 06:15 (Breakfast) 07:15 (Go) 07:35 (inactive)

Jun wears the watch on his right wrist and stand up, walking towards the restroom.

7.

INT. STREET NEAR TO ARC DE TRIOMF

A piece of handwriting diagram holding in the hand, which illustrates the route to reach the train line R4 in the direction of Cornellà.

EXT. TRAIN STATION

Train doors open. Jun steps out of the train. On platform 1, there is a bridge connecting to the platform 2 which links to the station exit.

Nor far from him, among those people who walking together towards the exit, quite a few are with sport wears and carry lightweight backpacks. While most significantly, they all in trainers. A group of young students led by their tutors and behind them, two old men walk and talk together.

One in an orange short t-shirt and the other in a black long-sleeve shirt and a black cap.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Morning! Are you here for the race?

JUN

(simultaneously)

Morning! Are you here for the race?

Jun makes some arm swings.

JUN (CONT’D)

Course à pied? Running? Correr?

BOTH MEN (O.S.)

Sí.

JUN

It’s not bad for a race day.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Lost in translation. The confusion of tongues.

Jun points his finger to the sky. All of the three continue with a few sentences without understanding each side. Jun waves to them and decisively walks ahead to follows the map to find the race venue.

8.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

Maybe there is no the* standard language to speak. English does not always communicate in Spain, in France, in Japan. How do we suppose to understand each other? Do we speak between French English and Catalan English? Is it *so-that articulate if we find the correct vocabulary to use?

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE OF TRAIN STATION

The two men in Orange and Black walks 50-metre behind Jun shout to him. Jun looks over his shoulder and see Black’s arm in the air to show the turning direction. Since then, every time on crossing or corning the streets, Black does the same thing.

JUN (O.S.)

According to the map you also can pass this church from another side... Apparently, there is only one correct route to the race venue which is your way. Do in Rome...

NARRATOR (V.O.)

As the Catalans do.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. CARRER DEL RUGBY - 60 MINUTES TO RACE

Cloudy sky. The wind blows over the jacket hood. The volunteer team stands around the stadium entrance and waits to take further instructions from race organisers. There is one large table sitting with event flyers, tote bags and other accessories. A printed version of the 10km course stands next to the table.

After the pack drop, Jun walks towards the map and locates the start line. The watch picks up the GPS signal and confirms with a ‘beep’ sound. Jun pushes the ‘run’ button and commences the warmup.

9.

Slow jog on 6:00/km pace. A right turn from the track entrance towards the Tennis club. A right turn again then straight down to the bridge. The 200-metre long bridge across the multiple high way lanes leading the route into the trail fields.

JUN (O.S.)

1 mile already.

Jun continues another kilometre then makes a U-turn.

EXT. CARRER DEL RUGBY - 30 MINUTES TO RACE

Drills and strides.

EXT. CARRER DEL RUGBY - 10 MINUTES TO RACE

Trainers are now replaced with racing flats. T-shirt is swapped with the racing vest. It marks ‘LEEDS’ on the front side with the attached race number:

Barcelona. Cursa per educacio. ‘69'.

EXT. STADIUM TRACK

Hard breathing. Jun crosses the finish line. A volunteer staff puts a badge into his left hand.

Entreculturas. 3r Classificat Masculí.

NARRATOR (V.O.)

The combination of speed and endurance on distance running. The momentané.

The Fourth Day

INT. HOTEL LIFT

SUPERIMPOSE: The Fourth Day

Bare feet stand still on the reflection from the lift’s mirror. A hand carries a pair of trainers and socks. The door opens, in the hotel hall, the clock behind reception desk shows 5.30am.

10.

EXT. STREET - CITY CENTRE

Jun runs pass a standing yellow mailbox with capitalised ‘CORREOS’ marked on it. It is still dark in the street.

EXT. STREET STAIRS

A cat climbs up on the street stairs with more than 50 steps. A single street light is on the top of the hill.

EXT. STREET STAIRS - CONTINUOUS

Leg strides. Run over the steps.

EXT. OUTSIDE ESTADI OLÍMPIC

Jun checks his watch. 6.21am. It is still very dark.

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