Walking In Air

Open Quarter // also part of Profound Sound Festival Folkestone
3 Jul 2022
Urban Room Folkestone
14.00 - 17.00

individual field work / reflective documentation / collective recollection / live event

Part of ongoing local interventions proposed by Will Montgomery and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé. Hosted by Diane Dever (Urban Room) Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Will Montgomery. With Rubiane Maia (performance artist), Sophie Stone (composer, artist), Mick Williamson (photographer), Maureen Wolloshin (composer, artist), Melanie Wrigley (ecologist).

Walking in Air is an interdisciplinary project that encompasses walking, writing, thinking, music, performance and discussion. Drawing on Tim Ingold’s suggestion that 'knowledge is formed along paths of movement in the weather-world’, the project considers walking in air to be a model for speculative thinking, for creative activity and for reconsidering our place within the natural environment. The core walking events have taken place as either collective or individual in nature. These give rise to performance, workshop discussion, texts and audio recordings, much of which will be documented online.

Join us on the 3rd of July to hear the artists share traces and stories of this local 'walking in air' fieldwork. There will be a short intro from the hosts, before individual recollections by Rubiane Maia, Sophie Stone, Mick Williamson, Maureen Wolloshin, and Melanie Wrigley.

The co-organisers are Will Montgomery (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham). Participants are drawn from an international pool of composers, artists, environmentalists, and poets.

Walking in Air activities (2021 and 2022)

~ Walking in air remotely (Sept 2021), with Stefan Thut, Marianne Schuppe, Antoine Beuger, Sylvia.
~ Schimag, Leni Dipple, Will Montgomery, Carol Watts, Emmanuelle Waeckerlé in collaboration with le centre des livres d’artistes.
~ Walking in Air in Ditchling (27th-29th May 2022) with Will Montgomery, Carol Watts, Ryoko Akama, and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé in collaboration with Ditchling museum of Arts and Crafts.
~ Walking in Air (June 2022) Emmanuelle Waeckerlé & Will Montgomery, article published in Performance Research vol 26.7 ‘On Air’.
~ Walking in Air in Thornton Heath, E. Waeckerlé, 5 postcards, Le centre des livres d’artistes (2021).


1 July 2022

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Will Montgomery is Reader in contemporary poetry and poetics at Royal Holloway. He has a special interest in the relationship between text scores and poetry and, as well as conventional academic criticism, he is involved in practice-based research, both as teacher and practitioner. He has published on the literary qualities of text scores and curated several events on this topic, both academic and performance-oriented.

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is an experimental musician, multidisciplinary artist and composer based in London. Her text scores, publications, and performances explore the materiality and musicality of language. Her music and scores are distributed by Wandelweiser editions. She is Reader in Fine Art and Relational Practices and director of BookRoom research and publishing platform at UCA Farnham, fostering a dialogue between high quality practice, critical research and teaching across and between Fine art and Experimental Music.

will montgomery's website

emmanuelle waeckerlé's website

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