Stuck at home, but let’s talk: walk · listen · café

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On April 28, walk · listen · create introduces walk · listen · café, a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and sound art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a specialist topic, and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.
Online meetings are hosted through Jitsi. Participants are sent the conference link shortly before the event kicks off. To cover expenses and provide a small gift for the expert, and because we are also trying to find our own way, participation costs a low 3 euros.

These are interesting times; many have little choice but to stay at home, while many others have no choice but to go out and do the work we have discovered is essential to see society continue along nominal lines.
Artists working in the fields of walking and sound art have to come to terms with the limitations imposed by the societal restrictions imposed to ‘flatten the curve’, and, thankfully, a range projects have been initiated to bring artists together, through their creative endeavours, while not necessarily leaving their home.

On April 28, we start with a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online get-together, where an expert introduces a particular topic relevant to the fields of walking and sound art. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Long walks or a pilgrimage?

In the first walk · listen · café on April 28, Claudia Zeiske asks the question when is a long walk a pilgrimage, and when is it ‘just’ a long walk?
Claudia is the director of Deveron Projects in Huntly, Scotland, linking artists, people and place. Her personal pilgrimages (long walks?) link places special to ourselves with political, historic or anecdotal sites as well as art and creative intentions.

In our second walk · listen · café on May 12, Tracey Benson talks about eco-activism and how this is relevant in this time of COVID-19.
Tracey is an artist / researcher based in Australia. Her work explores a range of media – video, online, geolocative, open data and augmented/virtual reality: often collaborating with indigenous communities, scientists, historians and technologists.

Both first two cafés are moderated by Geert Vermeire. Geert is a curator, poet and an interdisciplinary artist, living and working between Brazil, Greece and Belgium. He is also one of the co-founders of walk · listen · create.

Background

walk · listen · create was founded in 2019 by Geert Vermeire, Andrew Stuck and Babak Fakhamzadeh, after Sound Walk September 2019, a month long global festival of sound walks, which followed the success of Sound Walk Sunday 2017, founded by Andrew Stuck.

Join us for in-depth discussions on April 28 and May 12! Our events start in the evening in Europe. Check the time in your local timezone, and get a ticket.

Upcoming cafés are listed on our walk · listen · café page.

Host a café?

Are you interested in hosting a café? Have something to discuss that touches on the walking and sound art communities? Talk to us!

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Netherlands / Iran / Brazil

Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won ...

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