WALKING PRACTICES/WALKING ART/WALKING BODIES

I’m delighted to be participating in organizing this exciting walking encounter/conference in Prespes, Greece this summer, July 1st to 7th, 2019.

The Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece is organizing the International Encounters/Conference WALKING PRACTICES/WALKING ART/WALKING BODIES”. The International Encounters/Conference will be held in the Prespes area Greece. Prespes area, a unique environment with two lakes (Megali Prespa and Mikri Prespa), is the locus where the field research of the walking art project Visual March to Prespes, is taking place. This walking art project is organised by the 1st Painting Workshop of the School of Visual Arts of the University of Western Macedonia. It was initiated in 2007 and the current International Encounters/Conference is a culmination of its activities, in collaboration with MADE OF WALKING (V) and the Milena Principle.

Key note speakers:: Phoebe Giannisi and STALKER/Osservatorio Nomade

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On Walking On

A review of Cole Swensen’s On Walking On by Julie Poitras Santos at the Cafe Review.

Literary history is replete with writers who walked and who wrote about walking, from early pilgrimage accounts to contemporary records.  Cole Swensen tackles this voluminous history in a book of poems about many such writers, interspersed with prose poems regarding walks of her own.  The volume is organized loosely chronologically — beginning with Chaucer and ending with contemporary writers Iain Sinclair and Will Self — and it contains longer poetic sequences about the work of Rousseau, Thoreau, Sand, Woolf, Walser, Sebald, and poet Lisa Robertson. …

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Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P.)

I’m delighted to be a part of this exciting exhibition of walking-related works at the Queens Museum and Flux Factory curated by Moira Williams, Christina Freeman and Emireth Herrera

Saunter Trek Escort Parade…S.T.E.P…. seeks to be an overlapping convergence and entanglement of walking, walk-based works and programming, mobilizing throughout New York.  S.T.E.P… embraces the many ways and bodies we walk while asking how walking as a creative act can challenge notions and open conversations around visibility, gender, labor, exploration, counter-mapping, colonialism, feminism, motherhood, contesting borders, community building, calling out gentrification, street harassment, (dis)ability, carbon debt, who sets the pace and measurement of the world, the power of dreams, and our entanglements between all of these and one another. S.T.E.P…. is open to all people of all abilities.

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FLIGHT PATHS, 2018

In Flight Paths participants were invited to walk together, considering significant moments of departure.

Whether actual or metaphorical, departure – with its twin, arrival – asks us to give up something in order to find the new, but we aren't always ready to go. Beginning our walk at the Kulturcentrum in Ronneby, we walked through the narrow streets of the oldest part of the city, making our way to the town square. In the square participants traded stories about departure and leaving. (photo: Simone Aersoe).

Created for the Kulturcentrum, Ronneby, Sweden in partnership with the AIR Blekinge.

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IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT…

Platform Projects/Walks invites you on a winter walk in the woods and storytelling adventure to trade tales about winter travel. Saturday, February 10: 2 pm. Evergreen Cemetery, meet inside the entrance. Portland, ME

 

Stories about winter travel hold a certain qualitative flavor: the silence of snow in the woods, the world asleep beneath your feet, the caw of a crow, the fast approach of night. Ice builds on the street and your car begins to spin. The deep crack of a shifting lake, or the thunder of an avalanche in the next valley over, expand your sense of the space around you. The world seems to slow down perceptibly and the prevalence of darkness drives us to engage more meaningfully with night. What stories do you have of winter travel?

Italo Calvino's book, If on a Winter's Night A Traveler, is structured as a frame story, each narration diving deeper into mystery, picking up threads and moving them forward. Let's dive deep into the winter woods and see what we find.

WALKING, AN ART HISTORY

During Fall 2017, I taught WALKING, AN ART HISTORY to undergraduate students at Maine College of Art. Students learned about and researched art works that intersect with walking practices, and created their own works. The course was also offered to a group of community members during 2017. Visiting Artists included Katarina Weslien, Geert Vermeire, and Moira Williams. A catalogue of student writings and projects was produced and available here.

The revelatory power of mobilizing the entire body transforms us as well as the spaces we pass through. Modifying the sense of space crossed, walking has been claimed our first aesthetic act. Walking, an Art History will regard walking as methodology, performance and practice within the history of 20th and early 21st century art. Following lines established by early Surrealist wandering and the dérive of the Situationist International; and connecting to earlier histories of pilgrimage, aboriginal mapping, and the notion of the flâneur; students will investigate a cross-disciplinary arts history that engages questions of mark-making, mapping, historical memory, spatial politics, measurement and myth. In addition to readings, discussions and lectures, the course will include walks led by the instructor, students and visitors. 

Students mapping their daily trajectories on the Eastern Prom, Portland ME

Students mapping their daily trajectories on the Eastern Prom, Portland ME