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The Walking Institute Talks

Mon 11 May, 5pm, Glasgow University

Discursive talks on Walking Institute events, projects and philosophy

Venue: Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Center, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Walking Institute is a peripatetic school that researches and explores human pace. Walking, and other activities involving journey, is brought together with other cultural discourses, in a philosophy that is used to address questions of ecology, environment, social cohesion and economic regeneration.

This particular event is a discussion of such philosophy. Presentations will be given by Professor Tim IngoldClaudia Zeiske and Michael HöpfnerProfessor Dee Heddon will chair the discussion.

Dee Heddon: Chair
Dee Heddon is a Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Autobiography and Performance and co-author of Devising Performance. Her recent publications have focused on walking as an aesthetic practice - including the work of women artists and the relationship between walking and friendship. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project that explores the experience of walking for those with disabilities, as a way to value their everyday knowledge and the contribution it can make to debates around resilience and sustainability. Dee's practice includes 40 Walks and The Walking Library. Dee is a member of the Walking Artists Network. http://walkinglibraryproject.wordpress.com, http://40walks.wordpress.com, http://walkinginterconnections.com

Prof Tim Ingold: The History of Walking
Tim Ingold is currently Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on comparative questions of environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on the role of animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. More recently, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Tim is currently writing and teaching on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture, with a particular focus on the way in which the activity of walking mediates a relation between line-making and the atmospherics of weather. Tim is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011) and Making (2013). www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/departments/archaeology/profiles/tim.ingold

Claudia Zeiske: The Walking Institute
Claudia Zeiske is the Director of Deveron Arts and has developed a unique curatorial interest based on a balanced approach between artistic criticality and community involvement, through developing projects with artists from across the globe. At Deveron Arts the town is the venue rather than a gallery or arts centre. Claudia co-published ARTocracy, a curatorial handbook for collaborative art. (Jovis, Berlin 2010). In 2013 she has taken her passion of walking to new realms on the threshold between art and walking, through the foundation of The Walking Institute. www.deveron-arts.com

Michael Höpfner: Walking in Huntly, Sardinia, Tibet and elswhere
Michael Höpfner studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art. He lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. His work is based on the experience of walking journeys in desert and steppe areas between Eastern Europe and China, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tibet, China and South Korea. He reflects on these landscapes, the changing nomadic societies and his own performance in installations that use black and white photographs, drawings, slide projections and tent sculptures. www.michaelhoepfner.net

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