Lines and steps, weaving words and walks

The Walking Body (TWB) designates a set of walkshops (international projects and workshops) held in the city of Guimarães, by the School of Architecture, Art and Design (EAAD) from the University of Minho and the Laboratory of Landscape, Heritage and Territory (Lab2PT), in collaboration with Made of Walking/the Milena principle, focused on the act of “Walking as artistic practice”, exploring imagination and creativity. 

TWB3 has essentially a creative and artistic character, whose performance methodology rehearses forms of coexistence between different publics through its performance in public space. It is intended for artists who have developed practices related to the theme, for a young public, through the direct involvement of students of higher artistic education, and for any interested person, allowing a broad and diversified public participation.

The Walking Body 3 will take place between 21 and 27 March 2022, focusing on the Garagem Avenida building, expanding throughout Bairro C in Guimarães. It is supported by LAB2PT, the Impacta Programme of the Guimarães City Council and the I-Portunus programme.

It has the support of LAB2PT, the Impacta Program of the Municipality of Guimarães and the I-Portunus program.

PROGRAM

The Walking Body 3 (TWB3) is an international gathering of walking artists.
It will take place between 21 and 27 March 2022, in Guimarães, at Bairro C, with the meeting point at the Garagem Avenida/EAAD Gallery.
The Walking Body 3 foresees a week of walkshops, a round table at Sociedade Martins Sarmento, a conference on Lines and steps, weaving words and walks at Alberto Sampaio Museum, and an artistic residence in Gerês. 

The Walkshops take place at Bairro C and have as their meeting point the Galeria da Garagem Avenida EAAD (Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 250), held by invited international artists, between 21st and 25th March 2022. These workshops are open to anyone by registering in the form: https://forms.gle/G8CX2iYqVsXEVr9u5

For more information consult the calendar at:
www.facebook.com/The-Walking-Body-2149089701777607

The TWB3 Round Table on 21 March 2022, at 21:00 (venue to be announced). It is open to all those interested in art and the act of walking, exploring the theme of the meeting and introducing the activities of TWB3 week.

The conference “Lines and steps, weaving words and walking” debates, through the experience of the invited artists, how the awareness, perception and understanding of the city of Guimarães can be changed by the act of walking. It will take place at Alberto Sampaio Museum (Rua Alfredo Guimarães), on March 23rd 2022, at 2.30 p.m. This conference is open to the participation of anyone.

TWB3 will have as speakers the artists: Anna Luyten (BE), Clara Garí (ES), Fred Adam (FR/ES), Geert Vermeire (BE), Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Miguel Bandeira Duarte (PT), Natacha Antão Moutinho (PT), and Yannis Ziogas (GR). 

This project will be organized in partnership with the School of Architecture, Art and Design /UMinho, has the institutional support of Lab2PT and the University of Minho, and the financial support of Guimarães City Council under the IMPACTA and I-Portunus Creative Mobility Program.

This event is free and open to anyone, student, artist, interested or curious. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The Walking Body art project and walkshops have been developed since October 2018 and are organised by Geert Vermeire (Made of Walking), Miguel Bandeira Duarte (EAAD/Lab2PT) and Natacha Antão Moutinho (EAAD/Lab2PT).

The Walkshops take place at Bairro C and have as their meeting point the Gallery at Garagem Avenida EAAD (Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 250), held by invited international artists, between 21 and 25 March 2022. These workshops are open to anyone by registering on a form: https://forms.gle/G8CX2iYqVsXEVr9u5

Anna Luyten — 21 march 2022 at 2.30 PM till 6 PM

Not all those who wander are lost

In the performative lecture combined with a wander-workshop participants get an insight and experience in the “Arachnid thinking and doing”, a working, learning and writing method developed by Anna Luyten.

By walking the unknown path of others – human and non-human beings- we are composing an embodied and polyphonic narrative of our environment. The temptation to explore, the ability to seek to be surprised, the talent to be a good observer and to be imaginative leads us new ways of storytelling where we can celebrate uncertainty. By mimicking the patchiness of the world (Tsing, 2015), we sketch open-ended assemblages of entangled ways of life and come to an insight of where artistic knowledge can lead us.  

Participants
15 (max)

Duration
Lecture and first workshop with assignment from 2:30 PM till 6:30 PM on Monday. Students can develop work on their own rhythm the following days. (Eventually at the last day of the walkshops a festival/happening of Polyphonic compositions – sharing work)

Material
NO MATERIAL NEEDED: note for participants please put on your walking shoes and bring a notebook/sketchbook with you. 

Venue
Bairro C, Meeting point Galeria Garagem Avenida

Date
21 march 2022 at 2.30 PM till 6 PM

Bio
Anna Luyten studied at the University of Ghent and Antwerp and holds magna cum laude masters in Philosophy, Sociology and Literature and Theatre Studies. She is a  performer and radio- and television maker. At the Institute of Performative Arts, Maastricht (NL), and School of Arts, University College Ghent (B) she is lecturer in Philosophy, Dramaturgy and Artist Writing. She funded the research group ‘Wandering as a discipline’ and prepares her PHD.

Clara Garí — 23 march 2022 at 9:30 AM

On the Naming of Places

On the Naming of Places is inspired by “Poems on the naming places” by William Wordsworth (1800).

Wordsworth was an English poet who, along with his sister Dorothy, left the city to live for three years in Grasmere, in the remote Lake Cumbrian region in the UK. The brothers were among the first artists to relate directly to nature, beyond cultural filters, beginning a tradition of internalizing the landscape and making it a source of inspiration for their art. This romantic tradition that has survived to the present day. William was already a well-known poet, a friend of Samuel Colerigde. His sister Dorothy did not consider herself an artist, but she wrote a diary that followed Grasmere’s experiences: walks, discovery of the land, botanics, animals, meetings and conversation with the local people. Everyday life is portayed in Dorothy’s diary with so much detail that we can now follow day by day the path of inspiration of the poems of his brother William.

“On the naming of places” is a game that William Wordsworth, together with Dorothy and Samuel Coleridge invented while exploring the Lake District. All three decided to combine their perception and personal experience with the geography of the place, giving new names to the rocks, trees, ponds and forests according to their local experiences and thoughts. It was from this play that Wordsworth wrote the collection of poems “Poems on the naming of places”.

“And she who dwells with me, whom I have loved
With such communion, that no place on earth
Can ever be a solitude to me,
Hath to this lonely Summit given my name”
William Wordsworth “Poems on the Naming of Places IV”

The poets decided to combine their perception and experience with the geography of the place, giving names to the rocks, the trees, the ponds. What I suggest is to rename the places where we will pass and where we will be these days and combine them with the local toponymy, which we will also make our own. Everyone will develop their own cartography and personal impressions that will eventually be part of an emotional cartography of the group that we can draw, write, sing, and express freely.

The workshop has three parts:

  1. Slow walk (length depend on available time for the workshop) to perceive rocks ,trees paths, stones, anything that we can make “ours” and rename the places
  2. Reflection and creation time (write, draw, sing, move) 
  3. Same slow walk with conversation about the renamed places (better if a full day can pass between 1 and 3 but it is not necessary)

Participants
15 (máx)

Duration
 3 h

Materials
Notebook and pen. Personal other materials depending on the participants (recording device, drawing book and pencils, cloth, etc).

Venue
Bairro C, Meeting point Galeria Garagem Avenida

Date
23th march 2022 at 9:30 AM

Bio
Clara Garí Aguilera. I am a cultural manager, artist and walker. Director of the Nau Côclea Art Center  in Camallera, Catalonia, and catalyser of the Grand Tour walking art program, a 300 km and 3 week walk with artists from all disciplines. More information  https://www.naucoclea.com  https://www.elgrandtour.net

Yannis Ziogas — 22 march 2022, 09:30 AM

30 minutes of Walking Encounter with images, texts, sounds of Art

The images of Art that are formed over its enduring development are impressed on people for whom Art has an experiential significance. The 30 minutes of Walking Meeting with images, texts, sounds of Art is a walking process that attempts to initiate the discovery of the visual images, texts, and sounds that concern the attendees of the walkshop. The participants explore along the itinerary in a random path the possibility to recall a work of Art from the history of culture that is experientially important to them. 

Returning to the meeting place and later to their home, they reflect on the experience and present it in whatever form they believe is appropriate (sketches or presentation or video or whatever other). This experience is compared with the work of art that that was rediscovered during the walk through the mental recall.

Participants
15 (máx)

Duration
4 hrs  (2 the first and another 2 the second day)

Materials
Needed materials: recording devices (1 video, 1 recording, the participants can use their cellphones)  

Venue
Bairro C, Meeting point Galeria Garagem Avenida

Date
22th March 2022, 09:30 AM

Bio
Yannis Ziogas explores areas of visual expression such as installations and walking processes. He is a Professor (Painting) at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts (EETF) of the University of Western Macedonia (UOWM). Since 2007 he has organized the artistic process Visual March to Prespa. He has organized international encounters and conferences and has edited the proceedings on contemporary Aesthetics and its Practices with an emphasis on Walking Art.

 

Klitsa Antoniou — 22 march 2022 at 2:30 PM (first session)

The Walking Body III: The Right to the City

The Right to the City walk-shop will focus on an alternative way of experiencing walking in the city, as it will intentionally focus on places of movement prohibition and the challenge of artistically trespassing them. The workshop is designed to bring together some of the theories, processes and manifestations of walking as art, of borders and borderlands, of territorial confines of the state, of the social production of borders and finally of the rights of all dwellers to a co-created space. Using this information as a catalyst, participants will complete walking exercises, and propose their own original walking projects. The project will concurrently take place in two cities: Guimarães, Portugal and Limassol, Cyprus. Two groups of mentors will guide the participants through the project which will be shared through a common online platform and a closing on-line meeting.

Participants
No Limitation

Duration
3 meetings, 3 hours each
Students will have the opportunity to contact me for a follow up on their work

Materials
Sketchbook/notebook
Writing utensil
Phone/camera for photo taking photos and videos
Comfortable footwear for walking
Recommended: a phone with GPS capability for a mapping activity
Photocopy machine
Glue, scissors 

Venue
Bairro C, Meeting point Galeria Garagem Avenida

Date
22th march 2022 at 2:30 PM (first session)

Bio
Dr Klitsa Antoniou is a Professor of Fine Arts in the Fine Arts Department of the Cyprus University of Technology. She is an artist and researcher with interdisciplinary practice. She is the founder and coordinator of Cut Contemporary Fine Arts Lab since 2019. As an artist, she has exhibited in major museums, galleries and art institutions worldwide. In 2019 she represented Malta at Venice Biennale with her work Atlantropa-X. https://www.klitsa-antoniou.com/

Fred Adam / Geert Vermeire — 22 march at 6 PM (first session)

Going Coming Passing Guimaraes
Walking together in several layers of time

This workshop is open for participants from all disciplines and backgrounds.

You will experience a hands-on immersion in Locative Media as an interdisciplinary and collaborative artistic discipline, connecting with the Earth, in an integrative artistic approach to relationships with one another and with the more-than-human Earth via locative practices.

You will design a walking story and create collaboratively (in small groups) an interactive map and app with your own art: images, videos, texts, voice and sound compositions, superimposed on one of the three layers of the final collective locative artwork. 

You will learn to work with CGeomap, our easy to use software tool for the creation of an augmented walking webapp in Guimaraes, simultaneously this generates an interactive map, available to a larger public.

Participants
The maximum number of participants is 24, you will work in interdisciplinary groups of 3. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this workshop participants from various backgrounds (design, theater, dance, music, sound, literature, architecture, education, …) are encouraged to sign up.  No previous knowledge is required.

Duration
The workshop consists of a 4 day process, you will work mostly independently in a small group, with moments of personal follow up on location or by whatsapp and video chat. 
There will be one personal introduction on day 1 – a session to get you going, and two brief meetings during the week by the workshop leaders with your separate group to follow up on your progress, concluded by a final presentation on day 4. 

Materials One laptop with charged battery for each group of 3, a smartphone for each participant 

Venue
Galeria da Garagem Avenida, EAAD 

Date
22 March at 6 PM (first session)

Bio
Fred Adam is an artist and art director, specialist in Locative Media technology and ecology, creator of CGeomap and the database gpsmuseum.eu.
Geert Vermeire is a curator, artist, poet with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices, integrating collaborative processes, within an ecological framework.
https://supercluster.eu/ https://cgeomap.eu/info/

Natacha Antão — 22 to 25 march, from 2:30 PM until 7 PM

Weaving a Share

Collaborative project that invites participation in the construction of a “fabric” composed of colors and words. Participants are invited to choose a color and a word that represents an emotion experienced while walking through the city, while living these places. The reason, or reasons, for this choice are collected in an audio testimonial, to be shared on a digital platform. Colour and words are combined on a strip of paper that will serve to weave a structure that will connect these emotions, mapping a collective city through the collection of individual experiences.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a connecting element between all the workshops held at The Walking Body 3. It will be the workshop that has no walk, but that invites to reflect on the walks carried out in the other workshops during this week. Thus, proposing to collect and reflect together, and to build a shared memory of this TWB3.

Venue
Garagem Avenida Gallery, Guimarães.

Maximum number participants
No limit

Estimated duration
It is an open workshop, you can come or go when you want, it will be running from 21st to 25th March, from 2:30 PM until 7 PM

Needed materials
None. Assorted papers, cutting tools, acrylic paints, brushes, and stapler, needle and thread will be used, and will be available on site.

Bio
Natacha Antão Moutinho draws and is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design (EAAD), University of Minho. She is a Researcher Member of Lab2PT – Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory, and co-organizes the Drifting Bodies Fluent Spaces conference (2020) and the Walking Body workshop since 2018. Her artistic and scientific research intersects with her teaching activity, focusing on areas such as drawing and color and on the practice of walking as a methodology of observation and research.

Miguel Duarte — 24 march 2022, 7:45 AM

Between Campi
Fluid Crossings

This workshop is based on an experience of a long walk (+-25km) between Guimarães and Braga, particularly between the Universitary Campi. A timeless walk will develop and return the sense of pleasure of  walking in a common everyday move and develop the awareness of the diversity of the landscape stimuli. During the walk 7 waterways will be crossed. In each crossing the properties of fluids will be evoked by the context of the surroundings. Along the path there are also two key points in which water, but not exclusively, is the main reason for their existence. 

Participants
30~45 max.

Duration
5 hours (min.)

Materials
water, dry/fresh fruits

Venue 
Meeting point: 41.45015828413394, -8.292879630430749
(main entrance Universidade do Minho – Campus de Azurém, Guimarães)

End point: 41.559485537491824, -8.39746047205039
(main entrance Universidade do Minho – Campus de Gualtar, Braga)

Date
Meeting time: 7:45 AM, 24th march

Bio
Miguel Duarte, Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho and Director of the Nogueira da Silva Museum. He is a Researcher Member of Lab2PT – Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory, and co-organizes the Drifting Bodies Fluent Spaces conference (2020) and the Walking Body workshop. He co-develop the multidisciplinary research project Cultural Geographies of Music, Sound and Silence.

A Mesa Redonda de The Walking Body + 7 artistas está programada para o dia 21 de março de 2022, pelas 21h00, na Sociedade Martins Sarmento (Rua Paio Galvão, nº2). 

É aberta a todos os interessados em arte e no acto de caminhar, explorando o tema do encontro e apresentando as actividades da semana do TWB3.
Os moderadores da mesa são Geert Vermeire (BE), Natacha Antão (PT), Miguel Duarte (PT).
Este evento é gratuito e está aberto à participação de qualquer pessoa, estudante, artista, interessado ou curioso – inscrição em formulário: https://forms.gle/G8CX2iYqVsXEVr9u5

Data
21h00, segunda-feira, 21 de março de 2022

Local
Salão Nobre da Sociedade Martins Sarmento (Rua Paio Galvão, nº2)

A Conferência “Linhas e passos, tecendo palavras e caminhadas” debate, através da experiência dos artistas convidados, como poderá mudar-se a consciência, a percepção e a compreensão da cidade de Guimarães pelo acto de caminhar. Acontece no Museu Alberto Sampaio (Rua Alfredo Guimarães), no dia 23 de março de 2022, pelas 14h30. Esta conferência está aberta à participação de qualquer pessoa, mediante inscrição em formulário: https://forms.gle/G8CX2iYqVsXEVr9u5

TWB 3 terá como intervenientes os artistas:  Anna Luyten (BE), Clara Garí (ES), Fred Adam (FR/ES), Geert Vermeire (BE), Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Miguel Bandeira Duarte (PT), Natacha Antão Moutinho (PT), e  Yannis Ziogas (GR). Cada apresentação tem duração prevista de 15 minutos sendo de seguida aberto o debate.

Anna Luyten estudou na Universidade de Gand e Antuérpia e tem mestrado magna cum laude em filosofia, sociologia e literatura e estudos teatrais. É intérprete e realizadora de rádio e televisão. No Instituto de Artes Performativas, Maastricht (NL), e na Escola de Artes da Universidade de Ghent (B) é professora de Filosofia, Dramaturgia e Escrita Artística. Financiou o grupo de investigação ‘Wandering as a discipline’ e prepara o seu PHD.

Clara Garí Aguilera é gestora cultural, artista e caminhante. Directora do Centro de Arte Nau Côclea em Camallera, Catalunha, e catalisadora do programa de arte ambulante Grand Tour, uma caminhada de 300 km e 3 semanas com artistas de todas as disciplinas. Mais informações https://www.naucoclea.com https://www.elgrandtour.net

Yannis Ziogas explora áreas de expressão visual, tais como instalações e processos de caminhada. É Professor (Pintura) no Departamento de Belas Artes Aplicadas (EETF) da Universidade da Macedónia Ocidental (UOWM). Desde 2007 tem organizado o processo artístico Marcha Visual ao Prespa. Organizou encontros e conferências internacionais e editou as actas sobre Estética contemporânea e as suas Práticas com ênfase na Arte Andante.

Fred Adam é um artista e director de arte, especialista em tecnologia e ecologia dos Locative Media, criador da CGeomap e da base de dados gpsmuseum.eu. https://supercluster.eu/ https://cgeomap.eu/info/

Geert Vermeire é um curador, artista, poeta com foco na escrita espacial, som e performance local e práticas sociais, integrando processos de colaboração, dentro de um quadro ecológico. https://supercluster.eu/ https://cgeomap.eu/info/

Natacha Antão desenha e é professora assistente na Escola de Arquitectura, Arte e Design (EAAD), Universidade do Minho. É Membro Investigador do Lab2PT – Laboratório de Paisagem, Património e Território, e co-organiza a conferência Drifting Bodies/Fluent Spaces (2020) e o workshop The Walking Body.

Miguel Duarte, professor assistente na Escola de Arquitectura, Arte e Design da Universidade do Minho e director do Museu Nogueira da Silva. É Membro Investigador do Lab2PT – Laboratório de Paisagem, Património e Território, e co-organiza a conferência Drifting Bodies/Fluent Spaces (2020) e o workshop The Walking Body. Co-desenvolve o projecto de investigação multidisciplinar Geografias Culturais da Música, do Som e do Silêncio.