The pandemic challenged walking artists to engage with new forms and new media for their practice. Group walking was translated into online walking, allowing people around the globe to walk together virtually. Prompts or “walking scores” facilitated pandemic walkers to explore within the limits of their walking spaces, often in surprising and new ways, individually or with other remote walkers. Online technologies permitted to listen into remote spaces, beyond physical reach in the pandemic. During quarantine and isolation new and even larger communities of walkers emerged, often addressing as well the other urgent problems of our planet, climate change and forced migration. In this Walk Listen Café prominent artists discuss remote walking and talk about their new walking projects for the hybrid walking arts encounters/conference Walking as a Question. Moderated by Geert Vermeire. With Fay Stevens, Christopher Kaczmarek, Deirdre Macleod, Jez Riley French, Pheobe Riley Law and the Woolgatherers group.
Walk Listen Café @ WAC brings scholars and artists together around their research and their practices related to walking arts in a series of 8 online meet ups and conversations, of which this is the first.