New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen. Photo: Johan Rosenmunthe

Night Map

Multiple screen slide installation (2012 -)

Michèle Bernstein’s novel La Nuit (1961) is a typical ménage-à-trois; a love story between Geneviève and Gilles, a couple of Parisian intellectuals, and their younger lover Carole. Modeled the 18th century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, the story is a fictionalized description of Bernstein’s life with Guy Debord in the 1950s. La Nuit describes a turning point in the trio’s relationship mapping Gilles and Carole’s seemingly endless walk through Paris one night.

Borrowing the method of détournement of texts and maps (often strategies used by the group of Situationists International of which Debord and Bernstein were members), Buhl has traced the walk of Gilles and Carole on a map of Paris. Night Map is a site-specific installation; every time the work is exhibited, she transfers the Parisian walking route from the novel to the surroundings of where the work is shown. At night, she walks and photograph along the new route. The photographs thus create a new scene for the story. They are shown along with text fragments from the novel, translated to the local language of the exhibition space.