‘Walking’s New Movements’ is an opportunity for walking activists, radical walkers, walking artists, and psychogeographers to discuss what is happening in walking now and where new initiatives, changes of direction and novel terrains are emerging. There is an emphasis on immersive and engaged research.
This will be the first significant opportunity for walking artists, researchers, psychogeographers and activists to gather together for a stand-alone conference since ‘On Walking’ in Sunderland in 2013 and ‘Where To?’ at Falmouth University in 2015.
The conference offers contributions in a variety of forms: 20 minute papers, 10 minute provocations (‘diverting walking’ sessions), performance and participatory walks on routes close to the conference, and some short walking-related music and performances for the Saturday night social at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on Plymouth Hoe.
In all, almost 100 events will take place over the three days, and contributors and participators range from early career researchers to long-standing walking artists and researchers like Amy Sharrocks (‘Falling’), Cathy Turner from Wrights & Sites, Louise Ann Wilson (creator of ‘Fissure’), Hamish Fulton (“no walk no work”), Monali Meher (‘Ritual Traces’), deep mapper Iain Biggs, Morag Rose from Manchester’s Loiterers’ Resistance Movement, Yael Sherill & Lianne Mol from Berlin’s b-tour and Sarah Harper, director of Friches Théâtre Urbain and walker of the Parisian edgelands. Other participants are travelling from India, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Australia.
Marilia Ennes will be creating her bride’s walk and New York choreographer Jody Oberfelder is bringing her interactive performance ‘Object Place’. There will be a downloadable audio walk created by Plymouth researcher Amble Skuse that maps and documents the process of a disabled body interfacing with a city via a series of body sensors; while greenandowens will lead a collective walk addressing desire for better labour conditions, friendship and collective care.
Registration is now open via the above link.
- Academic staff: £45
- Independent artists/researchers/students: £25
- Helen Billinghurst (Plymouth College of Art)
- Claire Hind (York St John University)
- Phil Smith (University of Plymouth)
- Libby Chapman-Lane (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)