Monday, 25 January 2016

Sat 6 Feb - BREAKING THE BOUNDS: Walking London and Beyond

Artists Rebecca Feiner and Calum F Kerr are discussing alternative ways of walking London with Charlie Fox (Counterproductions, Inspiral London) and Clare Qualmann (walking artists network, walkwalkwalk, Perambulator). With an appearance by J. D. Swann, Muswell Hill’s leading Ornithological Investigator. Rebecca will be wielding a bell in case anyone should lapse into all too familiar walking words (Psychogeography, Iain Sinc…)

Talking to Clare Qualmann about walkwalkwalk and the shifting terrain of the 'near' East End, the Perambulator project - everyday walking and re-discovering the minutiae of the city with children, the East End jam project - which has thrown up a lot on bye laws that forbid the picking of fruit/berries.

There will be recorded sounds from Clare’s walking projects.

Charlie Fox will talk about Inspiral London and his other walking projects. Inspiral is an artist-led walking project to map and create an urban and semi-urban walking trail through and around the whole of London. The route hacks into existing footpaths and ways, creating a novel walking experience for London. The walk spirals from a central point within the heart of London, corkscrewing out 7 times to finish at Gravesend Ferry, finally crossing where the World’s End at Tilbury. The approximate overall length of the walk is 225 miles crossing the Thames at 10 points – using bridges, a tunnel, a cable car and ferries. The trajectory of the trail is designed and marked out by a loose collective of artists, writers, architects, geographers, planners, urban explorers, and walking enthusiasts. He will perform a sonic evocation of Inspiral London for the show.

Clare Qualmann is a London-based artist working across disciplines: from drawing and sculpture to performance and live-art events (often in the form of walks). Everyday routine, the ordinary and unnoticed and the meeting of the personal and the political are sources of inspiration. She creates walks as site specific performances, as live art events and as research method for developing text, installation, film, audio and performance works. Ongoing walking projects include Perambulator (walking with prams) and East End Jam, a walking, foraging and preserving project. Clare is a founder member of the Walking Artists Network, and led an AHRC funded project (2012 - 2015) to facilitate its development. Clare is a part-time lecturer at University of East London, and at London Metropolitan University, where her teaching and research focus on live art, participatory and interdisciplinary practices.

Charlie Fox is a London-based artist, writer and curator, and founder of interdisciplinary art platform counterproductions, producing international art projects that challenge existing models of artistic and audience engagement. Counterproductions facilitates collaborative projects that generate new artistic culture, through experimental performance, and engaged art practices*; creating work that offers the potential of an art for all. From 2012-2014 he facilitated DeCentreDer Space in Marseille and from 2015 has been working on Inspiral London. He is currently a trustee of CGP London.

As an artist he sometimes works with counterproductions, other times solo, but always with an audience in mind; working tirelessly to harness the forces and charm of artistic practice. In his work the serious and slapstick combine, in the occasional and unexpected appearance of laughing bear.*NOTE - counterproductions research interests include collective models for creative education and/or art practice, transdisciplinary art, interactions between visual art and performance, performance affect, intervention and dialogical artistic practice.

J. D. Swann is Muswell Hill’s leading Ornithological investigator. He has searched for the Queen’s Wood Warbler (2009) and in 2010 interrogated the wildlife of the Alexandra Palace Lake which led to a year on the boating lake island (2010-2011). Since his recovery in 2012 he has been researching the History of Western Orniphilosophy, which led in 2014 to a publication ‘J. D. Swann: An Ornithological Outsider’. He is joining the Inspiral London walks for sections that particularly excite his socio-ornithological proclivities.

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