What do we see when we walk?
How does walking effect the way we think?
How does walking make us feel connected to a place?
How does walking allow us to construct our own views of place?
Join artist Emma Smith and guest speakers, author Iain Sinclair and academic John Urry, to explore the history of wayfaring and its relationship to the view.
Considering the ways in which views of the landscape are constructed for us through art, tourist routes, designated ‘viewing points’ and ‘points of interest’, this discussion asks 'to whose views do we subscribe when viewing?' and 'how can the act of walking allow us to construct our own perspectives?'
Looking at the history of wayfaring from Aristotle’s peripatetic school to Joyce’s use of metrical feet through text we will explore the impact of walking on the way we are able to think and see.
Smith’s ongoing project, School for Tourists, celebrates walking as a means of being in and connecting to place: as an act of agency and belonging.