| 2020-04-28 18:00|
walk · listen · create hosts 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 particular topic, and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.
Online meetings are hosted through BlueJeans or similar. Participants will be sent the conference password shortly before the event kicks off.
I often walk for pleasure, to find a peace of mind, a pace that gets my rhythm back in order. But I also like to walk for a purpose. Those purposes are often self-imposed, related to an interest of either political or personal nature.
When I walked the 1800km home to my mother in Bavaria from my home in Scotland, I sometimes called this walk a pilgrimage. It was something that I had to do at that time. But many people criticized or at least questioned this. So, I am now in doubt, when a long-walk is a pilgrimage, and when it is a long-distance walk? I would like to find clarification on this question, so I can keep walking without thinking about this.Claudia Zeiske
Since ancient times, with neolithic origins, people made lengthy journeys on foot, often on sacred routes and pilgrimages, usually only with a stick and a light bundle. These long and fatiguing endeavours are covering long distances, sometimes hundreds and thousands of kilometers, for a period of many days or even months. Some starting from one point to a final
destination or others without defining an end in advance.
What is important, however, is the day by day effort to move from one point to the other, in most times with an exhaustive effort, extending physical limits. The body is transformed into another level of consciousness and perceives the milieu of the realities that are met through a hard and ongoing effort lasting long periods.
But, what is a pilgrimage, and what is a long walk?