Walk Listen Cafe – Eco-activism

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Date(s) - 12/05/2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


On April 28 2020, walk · listen · create (that the Museum of Walking co-produces) introduced walk · listen · café, a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a specialist topic (acts as a ‘host’), and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.

Online meetings are hosted through Jitsi. Participants are sent the conference link shortly before the event kicks off. To cover expenses and provide a small gift for the expert, and because we are also trying to find our own way, participation costs a low 3 euros.

These are interesting times; many have little choice but to stay at home, while many others have no choice but to go out and do the work we have discovered is essential to see society continue along nominal lines.

Our next Walk Listen Cafe online get-together, where an expert introduces a particular topic relevant to the fields of walking will take place on Tuesday 12 May co-hosted by Tracey Benson and Geert Vermeire. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Eco-activism conjures many different forms of social action, from political protest to verge gardening to swap meets. Although the phrase ‘the personal is political’ was part of the 2nd wave feminist discourse of the 1970s, it is a phrase which, like ‘ think global, act local’ has the potential to help us frame our COVID-19 lives.

Can we now decide to act in ways that align with the earth? As walkers, what are some of the actions we can take to amplify messages about caring for the earth and its creatures?  Can COVID-19 help achieve positive environmental goals – e.g. development of local organic gardens, communities of support or just an increased awareness of our own local ecosystems? How can we take this moment of COVID-19 as an opportunity to shape a future where we see ourselves as part of the ecosystem, not in control of it.

Who is Tracey Benson?

Tracey is an artist / researcher based in Australia. Her work explores a range of media – video, online, geolocative, open data and augmented/virtual reality – often collaborating with Indigenous communities, scientists, historians and technologists. Her work has featured in many international and national emerging media festivals since 1996.

To book please visit the Walk Listen Create website here


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