Walk & Talk: Bettina Wenzel – You’re not the boss of me

Are rules and restrictions useful tools for the artistic practice? – Is there such a thing as too much freedom? – The structure of this walk included a set of restrictions & rules that participants needed to commit to for the duration of the walk. The group discussed the rules and restrictions participants have come across or have used in their own work, interspersed with prompts and short readings.

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Walk & Talks: Dr Paul Hurley – Powerwalk and Powertalk in Collaborative Engaged Projects

Many of us find our way into collaborative projects involving institutions, organisations, communities. They can be interesting, rewarding, and provide resources and infrastructure that we don’t, as independent artists, have access to. But projects like this can also be awed, stressful and founded on unspoken inequalities of power (economic, cultural, social) that are difficult to negotiate. Or they can be poorly thought through and the artist finds themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Where is the power of the individual among institutions and organisations? What are the different powers enacted on behalf of participants or audiences de ned as ‘community’? Can locating the power that we have help us to activate it, share it, or give it up?

photo credits: Andy Ford

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Walk & Talks: Bram Thomas Arnold – From Civil Twilight To The End of Time [An adventure into the anthropocene]

Part way between a Quaker meeting, a reconvening of the Dead Poets Society and a performance poetry ramble From Civil Twilight To The End of Time will be an hour long adventure coursing through time and place and back again. There will be breathing, there will be silence, there will be reading, there will be biscuits and there will be dawn, everything will take place in the anthropocene, everything will end with every beginning, breath will be drawn, paces measured, footsteps taken out of time and across place.

photo credits: Kat Hall & Andy Ford

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Walk & Talks: Lauren Sagar – How many artists does it take?

How many artists does it take to change the world? My theory is that you need fewer than 15 dedicated artists. What do you think? This is information I’m collecting for the March of the Artists, summer 2018; walking from Manchester to London in the footsteps of the Blanketeers in 1817 (only one Blanketeer reached London, the others were arrested and attacked by the time they got to Macclesfield). This Walk & Talk is about artist visibility. It’s all too easy to not notice artists and remove them from sight. The plan is to become indispensable.

photo credits: Hannah Cochrane

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Walk & Talks: Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis – Desire lines and disorientation

This Walk & Talk will use passages from Sara Ahmed’s ‘Queer Phenomenology’ and Rebecca Solnit’s ‘Wanderlust’ to consider paths, divergence and the social imaginary. Together we will take ourselves to a quieter area, and traverse the site of Jamboree following our bodies inner senses, getting rid of visual noise and discuss getting lost. Participants are invited to take part in movement experiments on the way inspired by choreographer Charlie Morrissey – to reconsider the edges of the body and attune to different frequencies.

View the ‘Desire Lines and Disorientation’ score

photo credits: Kat Hall

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Walk & Talks: Rosalie Schweiker – Please agree to our terms and conditions

During this Walk & Talk we will determine your very own terms and conditions – this could be something simple, like you refuse to travel by plane, or something more complex, about having to have a work-free weekend. Your T&C’s will help you navigate your daily work routine as an artist and set boundaries in an industry that specialises in social & economic injustices as well as direct & indirect exploitation.

photo credits: Andy Ford & Beth Emily Richards

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Walk & Talks: Martha King – The Parasite

What could the notion of the parasite as a disruptive, but productive agent bring to art and curatorial practices? Inspired by Michel Serres text ‘The Parasite’ we will explore his idea ‘that by being pests, minor groups can become major players in public dialogue – creating diversity and complexity vital to human life and thought.’

Listen to a recording of Martha’s walk made by Sound Art Radio

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Walk & Talks: greenandowens – Walking towards Korea

For the last year we have been working on an idea with our friend Youngshin who is in South Korea. The intention is that we walk the miles to her (in our own environment) and that she walks the miles to us (in her own environment), ‘meeting’ somehow in the middle, and reflecting on the way about friendship and distance. Join our walking party in the spirit of friendship. We may devise games along the way, there may be periods of talking, or periods of silent walking, or periods of dancing. We will not plan a route, instead choosing our path together. We will document the route, and map it out afterwards, and use iPhones to record this and the distance we cover.

photo credits: Beth Emily Richards

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Walk & Talks: Tracing the Pathway – Home is where the art is

We are expats of a maligned, ignored and often laughed-at town. We seek those who left their hometown through a lack of opportunity, support or creative energy but are torn by a sense of pride, identity, home and homeliness. We’re looking for the patriots, expatriates and ex-patriots of towns and cities to consider why creatives make geographical career moves, what triggers these patterns of migration and how these moves impact the cultural identity of their said “jilted” town.

Equally, we seek those who have never felt the need to move from their city, wanting to better understand what infrastructures are necessary to develop a city with a strong artistic identity. Come share your opinions of your home city, and your thoughts on what creative possibilities and artistic opportunities can be hosted in these towns. Together we’d like to see what is possible if we nurture the culture of these places, rather than escaping to pre-existing vibrant spaces.

photo credits: Rachel Dobbs 

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Walk & Talks: Zoe Toolan – Lone/ly Wolf

By necessity and nature I’m very independent. But no matter how keen my eye or sharp my tooth, lone wolfing it can be just that: lonely. This Walk & Talk will form a pack of individuals to roam their new territory and bond through howls, discussing the reasons that have made each person so independent which although a seemingly highly prized human skill, can prove more of a curse than a blessing for your inner canis lupus.

photo credits: Andy Ford

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Walk & Talks: Katrina Brown – On gravity, rhythm and (dis)orientation

Whilst walking, I am curious to discuss how we think we are orientating our bodies and selves in relation to the ground, to the things around us, to sound and to each other – how do we understand our verticality in relation to the gravitational pull of the ground, the rhythm of our steps, swinging arms, breathing. This Walk & Talk is a way of getting to talk about what disorientates us, pulls us off our axis, catches our breath. A walk that talks around the physics and perception of standing in the world – and unexpected sensations of disorientation.

photo credits: Kat Hall

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Walk & Talks: Laura Phillips & Snoozy

Performance lecture come meditative collective exercise. This Walk & Talk takes its title
and inspiration from a Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening publication and is mix with
natural history stories of a protected species found in the local area. Akin to David
Attenborough meets French and Saunders in an Ashram.

Perambulators will be encouraged to become active aural and visual observers of the
Dartington Estate, to connect with their immediate surroundings and seek out illusive
and endangered creatures. Paying attention to the minutiae and the overlooked through
deep looking, listening, reflection and sharing to consider how context, connection and
environment can influence artistic and curatorial practice.

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