A YEAR WALKING OUT ON ENCHANTMENT
An open invitation to join a walk: on foot, online or both.
Join me on a monthly walk exploring enchantment, heritage and the body. A series of critical walks exploring ‘hidden’ heritage, walks to work, walks that were or are work, walks that make connections and resonate on human rights issues.
I am currently experimenting with strategies to resist immersive romantic/arcadian walking practices. So rather than walking to commune with nature and all that involves I am interested in walking out of necessity or coercion, from walks to work to walks at gunpoint, the walks of refugees, the walks of those who have to. I am interested in developing a disenchanted walking practice, aware of enchantments but never totally immersed in them. I am not quite sure what that will be and my intention is to use the coming year to discover that, and I hope you will join me for some or part of that journey on foot or online or both.
My walking practice is digitally connected and this invitation is open to those who may wish to engage online as well as those who would like to physically walk. I am particular keen to walk with those who would like to experiment with social media and social networking in this context. Walkers of all kinds welcome.
The first walk will be on Sunday 4 October, to experiment on and with the recently released National Trust walk from the City of Bath to Bathwick fields.
email for further info.
Times, dates and reports live and other wise will be published across these platforms
on my sketch blog https://rswpost.wordpress.com/
and tidier reports eventually here:
and here it is on Social Hiking, a bit of random pinging but there's me plus 3 other walkers here...check out the audioboom links!
A project in three phases: it begins with a challenge, memories and a line. Resonances.
The line of a Nazi Death March to Belsen transposed to Somerset.
A walk about time and the land, exile and belonging, the drift of memory and forgetting, memorialising in an era dense with anniversaries.
April 14-15 2015: A 2 day walk as close as possible to that line. Where the walk intersects the line, interventions. An intimate performative walk-in-witness exploring resonances from the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen.
July 13-19 An exhibition of documentation of documentation and new work at 44AD Gallery, Bath BA1 1NN
February 2016: A performative walk-in-witness on the original death march route from slave labour camp to Belsen. 71 years later. Interventions. Resonances.
The first phase is done and we gather our thoughts:
First day of walking social media trails, more starting points, glimpses:
and via Social Hiking bringing on tweets from some other walkers: