Walk Listen Cafe – Going the Distance

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Date(s) - 28/04/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


On April 28, walk · listen · create (that the Museum of Walking co-produces) introduces 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.

On April 28, we start with a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online get-together, where an expert introduces a particular topic relevant to the fields of walking. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Going the Distance: Long walks or a pilgrimage?

In the first walk · listen · café on April 28, Claudia Zeiske asks the question when is a long walk a pilgrimage, and when is it ‘just’ a long walk?
Claudia is the director of Deveron Projects in Huntly, Scotland, linking artists, people and place. Her personal pilgrimages (long walks?) link places special to ourselves with political, historic or anecdotal sites as well as art and creative intentions.

“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

Read more and book tickets on the Walk Listen Create website here

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