Walk Listen Cafe – Walking only

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Date(s) - 09/06/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 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 Zoom or  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 9 June co-hosted by Helen Mirra and Geert Vermeire. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981) walked for twenty-eight years without any money.
stanley brouwn (1935-2017) never traveled by airplane.
Andre Cadere (1934-1978) didn’t walk long distances.

In a Buddhist framework, aimlessness is one of the three doors of liberation.
Can we be within walking, in walking, without doing the walking, while knowing there is walking?
Can we appear to be walking, without trying to get anywhere?

key word-pairs
attentive effortlessness
local boundlessness
cellular spaciousness

Who is Helen Mirrra?

Helen Mirra’s areas of interest are sati (awareness) within somatics, sila (ethics) in ecology, and the apparent edges of disciplines as actual centers of integrated experience. She has been a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm in Berlin, the Laurenz Haus in Basel, IASPIS in Stockholm, and OCA in Oslo; a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Civitella Ranieri; and artist-in-residence with the Consortium of the Arts at the University of California at Berkeley, the Center for Book Arts at Mills College, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and Artadia. She was a Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago with the Committees of Visual Art and Cinema & Media Studies. She has had some other jobs also: as a waiter, a bread baker, a pre-press operator, a museum preparator, a library clerk, a postal carrier. She doesn’t identify with her legal name; some people call her Hm (pronounced either way) and some people call her Kombu. She is autistic, and 167cm in height. Since 2008 her practice has been contingent with walking.

To book please visit the Walk Listen Create website here


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