Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Walking Encyclopaedia - DAY THREE - pigeon holing


Eric Steen - Beers Made by Walking - leaflets, menus, documentation


Three days in to the Walking Encyclopaedia, and after sorting through all the physical submissions, and photographing each exhibit, ready for the hang next week, thoughts turned to categories.

If Eskimos famously have more than 20 words for snow, equally there are dozens of different terms for what is essentially putting one foot in front of another.

When you apply the activity to an arts context, with the myriad of contextual and conceptual and historical connotations that involves, then it seems there might be a series of categories which the act of walking as a cultural practice could be divided up in to.




So we mailed out to The Walking Artists Network for suggestions - what could the categories be? - how would one categorise one's own practice?

Here's a start of a list which might grow throughout the Exhibition.

WALKING CATEGORIES

FROM AIRSPACE GALLERY
performance
mapping 
psychogeography
exploration
drift/derive


FROM ERIC STEEN
Education
Social Engagement
Discovery

FROM WALTER SIEGFRIED
enhanced perception

FROM KATJA MUENKER
performance
performance installation
walk
hike
experience
intervention

FROM KELLY RANKIN
wanderlust
contemplation
meditation

FROM CHRISTOPHER MOLLON
Liminal
Durational
Ephemeral 
Action
Intertidal
Rural
(Urban)
Site-specific
Site-responsive

FROM STEPH BRADLEY
Pilgrimage
Social Commentary (Collecting & Sharing Stories/News)
Oral History ( Storytelling/Troubadour/Minstrel)
Community Building
Reconnection ( to place, self, other, nature, spirit, soul)

FROM TRAVIS SOUZA

Psychogeography
Education/Research
Politics
Drawing

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