An unsuccessful attempt at chasing fog

Instruction: To chase fog from a neighbouring farm.

Time: 6.43 a.m.
Duration: 20 mins
Conditions: Jeans, t-shirt, jacket and running shoes, neighbouring farm, late summer, early morning fog, s 3 Trespass Act 1980*

Description: Late summer, one Sunday morning at 6.43 a.m., I jumped the fence of a neighbouring farm and proceeded to chase fog. With an ascending sun and the logistical difficulties in achieving my aim, failure, in a physical sense was always anticipated. Sighting no obvious witnesses, for 20 minutes I negotiated an uneven pace over boggy terrain, accompanied only by the occasional crowing of an indignant pūkeko.** This intervention–to propose to chase away pockets of fog–was an attempt to explore a sense of the physical and legal possibilities that can exist in a system of social and legal norms that it references. A proposed freeness, where the failure to adhere to social and legal rules that discourage trespassing onto privately owned land and running (aimlessly) at that hour of the morning, was offered as analogous resistance to the expected modes of behaviour in this society.

* s 3 of the Trespass Act 1980 states that every person commits an offence who trespasses on any place and, after being warned to leave that place by an occupier of that place, neglects or refuses to do so.
** The pūkeko (Māori word for purple swamphen) is a bird that can grow to 50 centimetres long with a distinctive deep blue colour and black head. They are commonly found near swampy ground, lagoons, reeds, rushes and swamps.

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