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For our December Café we are delighted to welcome back Claudia Zeiske, our former writer-in-residence and Marŝarto Award Grand Juror to tell us about what she encountered on her latest project Slow Coast 500.

Claudia Zeiske’s Slow Coast 500 was a long-distance walk from Dunnet Head to Berwick-upon-Tweed along the entire coast of the North Sea in Scotland. The project borrowed its name from the North Coast 500 route designed to attract tourists to drive around northern Scotland. Slow Cost 500 considered the role of tourism in making (or breaking) places. Often intended as a boost to local economies, tourism can contribute to problems for local communities and their environment. 

Throughout the walk, Claudia used existing routes and explore new ones. Along the way, she carried an orange tablecloth the colour of a 1: 25000 OS ‘Explorer’ map, using it as a picnic blanket to encourage conversation. Step by step and stitch by stitch, she embroidered it along the 700 miles way to the Scottish-English border, questioning the role and impacts of tourism today. Postcards sent home to Art Walk Projects (the commissioners) in Portobello ensured a consistent daily journal made up of her unique Thinking Aloud writing style.


Claudia Zeiske

Claudia Zeiske

(United Kingdom) 
Andrew Stuck

Andrew Stuck

Co-founder of walk · listen · create (United Kingdom) 
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2023-12-05 19:00
2023-12-05 19:00

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Slow Coast 500

We are delighted to welcome back Claudia Zeiske, our former writer-in-residence and Marŝarto Award Grand Juror to tell us about what she encountered on her latest project Slow Coast 500.

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