Walking beyond borders – walking arts before and after the pandemic. Between Prespes 2019 and 2021.

Lucy Jeffery
Online

Event details

2020-09-20 18:00
18:00 UTC
FREE

Walking back and forward.

More then just a conference and encounters, the Walking Arts Encounters Conference in Prespes in July 2019 transformed the Prespa lakes area of Western Macedonia in Greece into an unlimited open laboratory of visual ideas and practices related to walking.

Travelers from more than twenty countries arrived and narrated what they were bringing with them. The venue for these narrations was a movement, within the act of walking. And this movement continues after the meeting in Prespes, reverberating in between and awaiting the return of the event to Prespes in July 2021. 

Prespes was a moment reaching both to past and future, where earlier initiatives as Visual March to Prespes (GR), Made of Walking (Intl), Sound Walk September/walk listen create (Intl), Lab2PT (PT), Gran Tour (ES) and Interartive (Intl) converged and resonated. The echo of Prespes sounded in further events during 2020 in Spain and Portugal.

A group talk and group presentation with key representatives of the initiatives above delves deeper into the Prespes events and its resonance.

With Yannis Ziogas (WAC Prespes / Visual March), Geert Vermeire (WAC Prespes / Made of Walking / Drifting Bodies / walk listen create), Lydia Matthews (WAC Prespes / Parsons New School, New York) Clara Gari (Gran Tour/ Relational Geographies) and Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio (Interartive / Relational Geographies) (tbc), Natacha Antão Moutinho (Drifting Bodies / Walking Body). 

Associated events: Walking Encounters/Conference in Prespes, the (postponed) encounters/conference Relational Geographies in Catalonia 2020, walking arts encounters/conference Drifting Bodies/Fluent Spaces in Guimaraes July 2020, Gran Tour in Catalonia August 2020, Visual March in Prespes, Made of Walking, the Walking Body/Lab2PT in Guimaraes, Sound Walk September/walk listen create and the Interartive Walking Arts/Walking Esthetics publication. 

An event hosted by Analogio Festival 2020 Athens and Sound Walk September/walk listen create.

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and an interdisciplinary artist, living and working between Brazil, Greece and Belgium. As collaborator and team member of escoitar.org, noTours.org and CGeomap.eu, and co-coordinator of the global community event Sound Wa...

Yannis Ziogas

Yannis Ziogas

Yannis Ziogas was born in Thessaloniki (Greece, 1962). His main visual practices are painting, installation work and walking. He is Dean and Associate Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Visual Arts, University of Western Macedo...

Clara Gari

Clara Gari

Spain

Clara Gari is an artist, a researcher, art curator and cultural manager. She is the co-founder and director of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea, and of the walking program Grand Tour. Her biography joins cultural management and art practice with...

Lydia Matthews

Lydia Matthews

Professor of Visual Culture in Parsons Fine Arts program and founding Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at The New School. Her work, which often includes participatory walks, explores how contemporary artists, artisans and designers foster cri...

Natacha Antao Moutinho

Natacha Antao Moutinho

Portugal

NATACHA ANTÃO MOUTINHO is a painter, a researcher and a teacher, deeply engaged in drawing and colour. She is an Assistant Professor in Drawing at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho, Braga and Guimarães, Portugal, where she teaches sin...

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