Long Marchers on the Road – Ho Chi Minh Trail

Long March Space, Beijing / China

July 9, 2010

4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China 100015
+86 10 5978 9768
lm [​at​] hochiminhtrailproject.com


July 2, 2010, Telegraph from Pingxiang at the Vietnam-China border

In the past 20 days we have traveled through Phnom Penh, Saigon, Hue, Dong Ha, Dashanvan, Savanakhet, Vientiane, and Hanoi. The team has met hundreds of new comrades along the way and have engaged in 48 formal and informal discussions, exchanges, performances, and actions with artists and thinkers at large. It has been an ongoing process of confession across borders to resensitize and extend the possibilities of a shared common horizon upon which multiple histories and memories, readings of contemporary and international, and examinations of theory and practice converge, coexist, and interconnect in a mobile journey.

Upon our departure from Hanoi, Vietnam to Pingxiang, China, the team congregated to jot down eight points of reflection about the journey thus far:

1. Any pre-named journey is always difficult
2. A thousand words: So close to home and so many routes back.
3. Container
4. When you are told about a way called the Ho Chi Minh Trail, this is what we call a political moment; and in this moment, you are not innocent. Anybody who has not been told about the Trail is also not innocent. The Ho Chi Minh Trail exists in every one of us.
5. Collectivity can change humanity; Is collectivity itself humane?
6. Anyone can complete the journey
7. The Ho Chi Minh Trail had existed before our journey. Once we began our walk, the tangible roads disappeared under our feet.
8. On behalf of the project, we pay our respect to all the great actionists in history.

Supported by:
Prince Clause Foundation, Arts Network Asia, Foundation for Arts Initiatives