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Thurs 11 - Sat 13 August, Edinburgh

Investigating women who walk, and long distance slow travel

As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, the Walking Institute will draw together a number of artists and projects, through the common theme of slow travel. Events on 11 to 13 August will investigate representation of female artists who walk and artists who incorporate long distance travel. For all events except Walking Women, book here

Walking Women
11 August 2016
11am - 7pm
Drill Hall

A programme of events that places women at the centre of discussions and debates about walking and art.
Artist's walks and talks will run alongside a Wikipedia edit-a-thon of women walking artists, an open mic pecha-kucha, a 'walkie-talkie' mobile workshop, and a library of walking women books. From Sophie Calle to Marina Abramovic, Nancy Holt to Patti Smith, Michele Bernstein to Janet Cardiff, women across the arts have long used walking in their creative practice: as method, outcome, performance, transgression, protest, radical reclamation of space and everyday action. This series of events acknowledges and celebrates their work, sharing practice through walking art works, talks and discussions. WALKING WOMEN is curated by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann in collaboration with Dee Heddon. It is presented in partnership with Live Art Development Agency - LADA, Walking Artists Network, the University of East London, Forest Fringe and Geography Workshop. A series of radio programmes tying in to the events will be broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm. For the full programme and bookings for individual events, book here.

All Roads Lead to Venice
12 August 2016

Ugly Walk
9am - 11am, Meet: Ocean Terminal

Limited places available – book here.
Join a walk led by Anthony Schrag, who walked from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, to the Venice Biennale last year. His route went through towns, cities, urban, sub-urban and human places. This walk looks to explore the ugly landscapes of industrial estates, countering the expectations that a beautiful walk is tied to natural landscapes. Tickets: £5

The Psychology of Long-Distance Walking 
11am – 1pm, King's Hall at Summerhall

Anthony Schrag in conversation with artist and long-distance walker Monique Besten (NL) under the guidance of Professor Catherine Ward Thompson. Chaired by Claudia Zeiske, Walking Institute.
Bring packed lunch.
 
Walking to Venice Panel Discussion 
2pm - 4pm, King's Hall at Summerhall

Anthony Schrag, Clemens Wilhelm and the collective practice of Wolfgang Aichner & Thomas Huber, who all made their way to Venice by slow travel, will talk with Lecturer in Visual Culture, Silvia Casini. This event will also see the book launch of the Lure of the Lost Way; a guidebook from Huntly to Venice.

Europe: Will we walk again?
4pm - 6pm, King's Hall at Summerhall
A round table discussion with European artists, movers and cultural shakers. Chaired by Norah Campbell/British Council Scotland, with Alyn Smith MEP; Robin McAlpine/Common Weal, Emmanuel Cocher/Consul Général de France/Institut Français d’Ecosse, Nikolai Peterson/Goethe Institut, Andrea Geile/artist(D), Remco de Blaaij (NL)/Centre for Contemporary ArtHolger Mohaupt/artist(D); Kate Deans, Creative Europe Desk UK; Philip Deverell, Director Strategy, Creative Scotland; Lara Demori, Art historian; more to come...
How will we walk and work in Europe post-Brexit? What can we do? What are artists and art organisations' role in all this? What does it mean for European artists working in Scotland today? Or for those coming to Scotland in future?

How Humans adapt
Sat13 Aug

Performance Walk with GÆG: Thomas Huber & Wolfgang Aichner
Start: Summerhall, 9 am; ca 5 hours; 12 miles roundtrip to the Pentland Hills

A walk is often a private activity it can take place with or without companions, as a past-time, exercise and even a moderate sport. However, when a walk is staged or performed, using unconventional movements, dress, sounds and props it produces a very different experience for the public. Is it a protest or sponsored walk? Or could this be art?

Munich based artists Thomas Huber and Wolfgang Aichner leave these interpretations open but deliberately divert conversations away from larger issues, such as Brexit and Scottish independence, to farming or family…

Join them for a walk wearing wetsuits and carrying umbrellas.

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