Please join us for a ‘walkie-talkie’, a workshop for those who use walking in their practice, on Saturday 24th September 12-5pm as part of the Inspiral London festival. Walkie-talkies are an opportunity to come together and think and talk and walk. However you walk – as an artist, commuter, ecologist, geographer, hiker, historian, urban planner, on wheels, with a walking stick, or just for the pleasure of it – please come along and add your feet and thoughts.
There is no pre-defined content or agenda beyond the goals of connecting with fellow walkers and sharing ideas – the workshop will cover what participants want to discuss, debate or try out on the day. We hope artists and festival participants will bring ideas from the previous days' talks and events, and from their individual creative practices and disciplines to investigate collaboratively. We will meet at Ballast Quay, on the Thames River Path in Greenwich and will end at the O2 in North Greenwich. There is construction work currently taking place on the route, and we can’t be certain of its accessibility, but navigating/manoeuvring to find ways through and around for everyone will be considered creatively and collectively.
We’ll begin with a short ‘open-space’ workshop to identify a range of themes, points for discussion and areas of common interest, and then take those ideas out for a walk. These might be theoretical, philosophical, practical, experimental and argumentative (or any combination of these). Throughout the afternoon we will regroup to share and document the results.
‘walkie-talkies’ are organised by the Walking Artists Network the first two (held in London in July 2011 and Zutendaal, Belgium in 2012) generated walks and discussions around micro-navigation, slowness, getting lost, dead-ends and unpromising pathways and much more.