Slow Coast 500

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2023-12-05 19:00
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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

Marŝarto Grand Jury 2023 Writer in residence 2021/22

Claudia Zeiske is a walking curator, whose interest lies in path-making as a cultural practice. With friendship at heart, her walks combine a desire for a slower pace of life with socio-politically and environmentally sensitive issues. For more than a deca...

Andrew Stuck

Andrew Stuck

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...


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