TWB5 is an event organized in the frame of WALC – Walking Arts and Local Communities, with the support of the EU Creative Europe Cooperation grant program.

“More than human walking” 

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.

TWB5 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 5 will take place between 18 and 23 March 2024, focusing on the Garagem Avenida building, expanding throughout Bairro C in Guimarães. It is supported by WALC, IMPACTA and LAB2PT.

The Walking Body (TWB5) is an international meeting of walking artists. The 2024 meeting, dedicated to “more than human walking”, will take place from March 18 to 23 in Guimarães, in Bairro C, with the meeting point at the Garagem Avenida Gallery/School of Architecture, Art and Design.

TWB5 includes a week of walkshops, a round table with a presentation of the portfolios of the invited artists and an exhibition, open until April 13, at the Garagem Avenida Gallery.

The walkshops take place in Bairro C; their meeting point is the EAAD Avenida Garage Gallery (Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 250) or another to be announced, and they will be held by invited national and international artists between March 18 and 23, 2024.
The round table will take place on March 18, at 7pm, at Café Milenário, Largo do Toural, 47, 4810-225 Guimarães.

This event is free of charge. Anyone interested in art and the act of walking can take part in these events by registering on the form:

A responsible adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14.
For more information, see the calendar at:


TWB5 has the participation of 9 artists, with the collaboration and involvement of EAAD and schools in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Spain (University of Murcia).

TWB5 will include the following artists: Verónica Perales (ES), Soazic Guezennec (FR), Maria Ristani (GR), Geert Vermeire (BE), David Merleau (CAN), Fred Adam (FR), Manuel Miranda Fernandes (PT), Miguel B Duarte (PT) and Natacha Antão (PT).

Geert Vermeire (BE) & Fred Adam (FR) — March 18 10am, 19 11 am, 22 10am


Practice 1
The concentric rings of perception

The aim of the activity is to introduce the art of deep listening and deep looking preferably outdoors. It is a practice to expand our ability to listen and look carefully around us in 360 degrees and over a great distance. The practice covers several senses and addresses the need for people in difficult health circumstances to understand that we can improve our sense of space and improve our mobility, without the necessity to move physically. The practice is organized in 3 imaginary concentric rings, from the perception of our own body to the visual and sonic horizons. Inspired by how the owls and bats map space with sounds, the participants learn to map a very detailed and diverse landscape they can navigate with their imagination with great accuracy.

Find an interesting spot to sit in an open space where you can see far away and listen clearly to a great number of sounds. Draw 3 concentric rings on a paper and map the sounds you are hearing around you during 15 minutes. You can draw the motion of sounds in space if you want. You can also mark possible sounds, the ones you can not hear but you can guess with your vision. Discover your visual and sonic horizon at the edges of the third larger circle. Be aware of how the animals are moving in the space around you, did they go away or did they come closer?


Practice 2
Body and ears, the foxes and the owls

The aim of the activity is to develop an awareness of each other and our own body and senses. It is meant to celebrate the intelligence of the foxes and the owls as a source of inspiration to learn from nature and improve the communication between people. The practice covers several senses and the body in motion, addressing the need for people in difficult health circumstances to go beyond the limitations of basic human communication.

We are becoming animals in our imagination to understand the creativity of Nature and become aware that we are part of it. It is a dmonstration of the difference between our bodies and senses, not as a barrier but as the same force of diversity and creativity carrying life on Earth.

Night is falling in the forest inhabited by owls, a family of foxes have to cross the forest without being detected by the amazing ears of the owls. Two groups of players successively become an owl to listen carefully whith their eyes closed. Becoming a fox is about learning a “fox walk” and to be as silent as possible to not awaken the owls. This practice is usually done outdoors in a natural environment with some vegetation, branches and little stones on the ground.

Practice 3
Belonging to nature with our voice

The aim of the practice is to show how we are always connected with our surroundings, it can be with humans or with other beings in nature. Even if we are not conscious about it, our presence in a place makes us part of an ongoing polyphony of voices and sounds.

People in difficult health circumstances can realize they are always part of this orchestra and cultivate a sense of belonging with the planet here and now.

Inspired by the starling birds, this activity is inviting people to resonate together with their direct surroundings by mimicking the ambient sounds. This practice helps us to be more aware of the activity around us and create a sense of empathy by becoming the other for a moment.

Practice 4
The Spider web giant ear

The aim of this activity is to introduce the use of the body as a sensory organ to listen to the others. It draws on the intelligence of spiders using their webs as a giant ear to detect the vibrations of the air. This practice is addressing people in difficult health circumstances by showing how we can train our senses and challenge the idea of strictly separate sensory organs, looking into a more holistic approach of our body.

Did you know that spiders do not have ears as we do but they are able to listen to you with their legs! How? By using their web as a big ear. Let’s build a giant spider web together and use it to listen to each other.

Practice 5 
Buzzing Sessions: a score for buzzers

Based on more than human language, interspecies language, plant communication (bio-acoustics) this session introduces communication beyond words, communication through connection with sound and vibration, inspired by the language of bees. This practice consists of reciting collectively a poem in the language of nature and was created together with artist Stefaan van Biesen who made a visual score of buzzing sounds written by poet Geert Vermeire.

Bee language is a language beyond sound, it is mostly spatial and vibrational. Its syntax is based on something very different from human language: the type, frequency, angle and amplitude of vibrations made by the bees, as they move through space. In the case of bees they move in an 8 pattern. Stefaan van Biesen and Geert Vermeire invite the public to walk – immersing and vibrating in nature while listening to what is around them. The language of bees happens through nuanced movements, sounds and vibrations that are hardly hearable and subtle. This exercise is exactly about relating with nature and other humans as part of this nature, vibrating and listening carefully. In the video demonstrating the exercise, poet Geert Vermeire “conducts” a visual score made by Stefaan van Biesen. The group of participants recite each one of 14 buzzing sounds till they vibrate as one. The exercise is spontaneous, the score is an invitation to listen and to be in the outdoors, resonating as much with the others present as with the place, and as such the outcome is different each time.


Participants nr: unlimited

Duration: 30-60 min


Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida

Meeting time: 18 10am, 19 11am, 22 10am

Verónica Perales (ES) — March 18 — 2pm-6pm


Any Eden in Motion

The Garden of Eden was (and is) the terrestrial paradise. Throughout the history of Western Art, there have been artists aplenty who have dealt with the subject, such as Masaccio, Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens, and more. This ideal garden was a place where nature was not inimical in any artistic rendition (by nature we understand everything that is not human, and which includes plants, animals, as well as other elements). The enemy is the one that means ill for us, involving a threat. Against this background, this statement is paradoxical given that human beings entail the greatest threat to the ideal garden…

As I have proposed in previous workshops, the main idea behind this proposal consists of trying to put ourselves in the place of an animal-other or any living being-other. For that purpose, I will make use of the “Garden of Eden” concept, since its formulation changes utterly depending on who the dwellers of paradise are. By way of example, the Garden of Eden for a cow or for a camel would differ greatly, and likewise for a domestic dog. Cows, camels, dust mites, and our very selves belong to the planetary body. Therefore, we are all potential Gardens of Eden as well.

What we will be “walking about” this workshop:

-Reflecting upon the concepts of Paradise and Garden of Eden, as ideal places to inhabit, and to understand that the projections of Eden were always made from an anthropocentric perspective; or an androcentric, more like…

-Conceiving that our own bodies, which belong to the planetary body, can also be a part of Eden. The Garden of Eden is at hand… it is within us as well.

-Imagining how other beings express wellbeing and satisfaction.

-Drawing, I forgot to say it! Eden comes here to draw, to draw the “corpuscular diversity in motion” that integrates it-self.


Participants nr: 30
Duration: 4H
Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida
Meeting time: 2pm

Natacha Antão (PT) — March 19, 20, 21, 22 — 10am-all week


Common ground: Embroidering the Map of Guimarães’ Trees

Representation can be a tool of desire, encounter or recognition. Producing a map is therefore this space of possibility and dialogue, a place of possible speech and presented dreams.

Participants are invited to share the location of a tree they know, its place in their life and history, inscribing it on the city map. Through the collective construction of this map we will identify, find and discover the trees that live in Guimarães and share their space with us and with other species. This map will be constructed in embroidery, with cotton thread on linen, crossing knowledge that is whispered in this territory.

Participants nr: no limit. Participants will use embroidery needles.

Duration: continuous, concurrent with the opening of the space.

Materials: Linen and cotton.

Meeting point: Gallery Garagem Avenida

Meeting time: according to opening times

Soazic Guézennec (FR) — March 19 — 2pm-5pm


Happyning to the more than humans’

HappyTourists is a travel agency that hijacks the codes of the tourism industry to encourage alternative, artistic travels.  It is a provocative and disruptive project, founded in Berlin in 2018, with the aim of raising awareness about how mass tourism impacts the environment, while inventing new ways to be (or not to be) a tourist. HappyTourists’ mission is to bring serendipity, chaos and disorder into the tourism industry, by using artistic practice, in order to awaken critical thinking and open up new spaces to explore.

Convinced that discovery is more about personal experience than expected outcomes, HappyTourists designs creative impulses that set people in motion without imposing a destination. Our protocols subvert the codes of the tourism industry to divert tourists from attractions and allow for unexpected encounters. Like any travel agency, Happytourists organises tours in the city called  Happynings,  which are unguided and lead tourists  “where nobody is going, because there is nothing to see ». Happynings  are for international tourists as well as domestic travellers or  inhabitants of the city willing to change perspective on their own environment. Happynings   connect individual sensibilities to build a trip as a collective piece of art. Participants interpret abstract, poetic and offbeat directions to curate their own derive. Once in motion, they are encouraged to follow their instinct and perform the place instead of consuming it.

For this workshop, HappyTourists has designed a specific itinerary entitled “Happyning to the more-than-humans’»

Divided into groups, students will select a series of prompts designed to forster interpretation, creativity,  audace and critical thinking.   Following those instructions, students will set off on a journey that will take them through the city as strangers in the ancient kingdom of ants, stray cats and bats. They might visit burrows, ask trees for directions or come across some wild, undomesticated inhabitants. They’ll find souvenirs in the store of scents and bird songs, or collect clouds and air breezes before coming back together to share their experiences.

Experiences will be documented through videos, photographs, stories and any other forms invented by the adventurers. They will be archived to create an alternative tourist guide to the land of the more-than-humans in the form of a small exhibition.  This guide will provide future visitors with suggestions, knowledge and instructions for experimenting with a new way of being or not being a tourist, creating unexpected “situations” that can be poetic and absurd, but always space-making and political.


Participants nr: max. 30

Duration: 3H


Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida

Meeting time: 2pm

Miguel B. Duarte (PT) — March 20 — 8am-5pm


In the days when humans could talk

The protagonists of stories from the time when animals spoke are now being transformed by a paradigm developed by machines and unnatural intelligences. If there was a time when humans communicated with each other and with animals in a language of understanding, the rift drawn by God seems to be getting deeper and deeper.
This walk, which runs from the Azurém Campus to Citânia de Briteiros and is approximately 16 km long, seeks evidence of the memory of a time when much was learned from fish, stones and trees, but also from relationships with other non-human entities.
This practical possibility seeks, through the experience of overlapping the narrative space with the space traversed, a reconnection with the territory and the forms resident in its environment.

Participants nr.: 25-30
Duration: 7H-9H
Material: Água, fruta de bolso, almoço volante
Meeting point: Azurém, Rua dos Castanheiros/ Rotunda da Universidade
Meeting time: 8:00 am
Logistical needs:
Travel- Guimabus (linha 163- return)
Bus stop Briteiros S. Salvador (Almeida)

Maria Ristani (GR) — March 21 — 2pm-6pm


Theatre Walks

Theatre doors are no longer sealed nowadays and performance often ventures outside. It embraces walking as a “theatrical scenario” and goes in quest of new, mobile, non-material or outdoor spatialities to replace or amplify the conventional stage. Site-specific and site-generic theatre events, walking performances, audio-guided drama, mobile theatre(s) and performance interventions, all flesh a theatre beyond theatres, walking away from the black box and into new stages. A recent example comes from the German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll and their latest work, The Walks, which is described by the group as follows:

“The Walks grasps walking as a theatrical scenario – an audio-guided walk in parks, a staged walk in supermarkets or timed interactions on waters. In every city, voices, sounds, and music turn familiar places into sites and landscapes into stages, step by step through storytelling, dialogical situations, choreographed discoveries, or musical and rhythmic variations on walking”

As theatre walks on and away to create new stages, it also re-imagines spectatorship, access, audience community and participation. The roles meddle and traditional stage dichotomies dissolve. Such experimentation with spatial dynamics in performance is not, however, only an aesthetic choice, but more a political gesture of (re)action and socio-cultural intervention. Theatre extends and re-creates the walls of the auditorium to intervene in and re-articulate the space of the polis to which it belongs. In walking, it (re)claims urban space, problematizes lived space, contests received spatial boundaries and identities, and engages with ideas of new citizenship through the new spectatorship forms that it activates. Above all, it invites its audiences to engage with their surrounding environment, thus extending its lens to the non- or the more-than- human and the narratives it has to share.

Our workshop will explore such walking theatre events: we will watch, discuss and think through specific cases of walking performance (with examples mainly from the Anglophone world) and we’ll also design and experience our own theatre event on-the-go. What happens when the city turns into a stage? How is the familiar re-written and re-claimed when theatre transformation takes the lead?


Participants nr.: max, 25

Duration: max 4 hours


Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida

Meeting time: 2pm

David Merleau (CAN) & Fred Adam (FR) — March 22 — 10:30am




Antventure is an interactive storytelling app that brings everyone the inside story of how the ants beneath their feet understand the world around them. When walking, the participant experiences the daily lives of four different types of common ants.


The AntVenture project is an artistic attempt to understand how ants not only perceive themselves as “natural beings living among other” but also to speculate how an ant might come to comprehend the very essence of what it means to be human.

Both ants and humans have come to dominate the Earth through the evolution of sociality. And both can be considered “technological” in their own right,  entities able to harness engineering and agricultural innovations, where individuals can extend themselves beyond their own physical limitations with “mass communication”. In short, both ants and humans are “world builders””with the ability to completely alter landscapes and develop complex meaning and “togetherness”.

However, humans and ants differ significantly in the fact that if all humans were to disappear from the planet–even with the state of our environment today–it is likely the Earth would adapt and persevere, but if ants were to disappear, it is probable that entire ecosystems would simply collapse into extinction.

AntVenture is a four part series of experiential audio dramas housed in a storytelling-walking app, told from the perspective of four different genera of common ants. These cheeky and punchy works of fiction are based in scientific research and accessed through a unique interactive choose-your-own-adventure walking mobile app.

This work is experiential because the fate of the ant in each episode is dependent on you, the listener. At various places throughout the multi-branching narrative, you are prompted to look at your mobile screen to answer the Y/N Choice Card, a question about the sensory experience you are currently having of your environment at that particular moment.

As you the AntVenture app creates for you the space–if only for a brief moment–to purposefully contemplate your surroundings reminding us all that in even the most concrete laden environments, nature–in the form and essence of an ant– is never really ever that far away.

Many talented people contributed to the AntVenture project. Fred Adam and Carlos Garcia (Spain) are the app and online development team, original music created by Emilyn Stam and John Williams (Toronto CA), the voice of the ants by Tracy Michailidis (Toronto). Script-editing by Mario el Jamal (Ottawa CA), and fact Checking by Dr. Terry McGlynn (San Diego USA). Recorded at Ken Whiteley Studios (Toronto) by Nik Tjelios.

AntVenture was researched, written, produced and narrated by David Merleau. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Participants nr: unlimited

Duration: 60 min (inclusive introduction)

Materials: mobile device/smartphone with mobile data

Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida

Meeting time: 10:30 am

Manuel Fernandes (PT) — March 23 — 10:00am


São Torcato trans_substantial
– a walk through a valley in shades of green and grey

Located in the heart of a rural parish on the outskirts of Guimarães, the sanctuary of São Torcato is a massive granite building whose tall towers can be seen in the distance. Inside this eclectic-style sanctuary, something unexpected awaits the visitor: the mummified body of a man, dressed as if he were a bishop, exposed to the public curiosity. Nobody knows for sure who this body belongs to, although tradition identifies it as a non-canonical saint whose devotion dates back to medieval times. When seen in profile, we can glimpse a sui generis landscape represented on this body, with slopes and prominences, even a valley with a bridge, suggested by his arched hand – as if the surrounding landscape were transfigured into this body. Some distance away, in the place of Ataca, mysterious granite warriors stand in the middle of a field, slender and arranged in a strange rhythm. Some claim that a battle was held here in the 12th century, under the auspices of St Mamede, another holy man whose body has long since been lost, but whose name remains. Portugal, as a political entity, may have resulted from this battle, and a fierce debate persists around this idea. In the surrounding fields, corn, vines and wild herbs grow and bear fruit every year, indifferent to the discussion. Walking along this trans_substantial landscape, made up of green and grey, can open up new possibilities for the eye and the imagination.


Participants nr: 25 people (no problem if more or less people turn up)
Duration: 7H
Materials: clothing and footwear for walking, packed lunch
Meeting point: Art gallery Garagem Avenida
Meeting time: 8:45am at Bus stop S. Dâmaso Sul
Logistical walkshop needs:
travel – Guimabus (linha 62 – outward; linha 170 – return)


The Walking Body Presentation and Roundtable

The round table takes place on March 18, at 7pm, at Café Milenário (Largo do Toural 47, 4810-225 Guimarães), and will be broadcast live by our partners walk.listen.create, at

TWB5 will feature the following artists: Verónica Perales (ES), Soazic Guezennec (FR), Maria Ristani (GR), Geert Vermeire (BE), David Merleau (CAN), Fred Adam (FR), Manuel Miranda Fernandes(PT), Miguel B Duarte (PT) and Natacha Antão (PT). Andrew Stuck will also be mediating the walk.listen.create.



David Merleau (CAN)
David Merleau is a locative media artist, radio producer and folk storyteller. His location-based storytelling installations range from low-power “hyper-local” AM to GPS-driven audio apps, and he facilitates audio storytelling workshops in an effort to bring new audio skills to storytellers. . He has traveled across Canada and the US with his work and his audio documentaries have aired on CBC.
David was a guest lecturer in the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London, UK. He is the creator of the award-winning GPS-powered hiking app based on eco-radio drama called Forest Talk Radio ( He works closely with Fred Adam on new collaborative and creative formats involving walking, locative storytelling and ecological concern.

Fred Adam (FR)
Fred Adam is an artist and creative director of spatialized storytelling projects in collaboration with scientists, artists and cultural institutions. He has been collaborating with the French artistic collective Gigacircus since the 1990s. He is founder of the GPS Museum laboratory and database on creativity and geolocation and co-creator of the technological tool for creating geolocated content He is also co-founder of the NGO Locative Media Supercluster and co-founder of the artistic collective Transnational Temps. Currently he is developing an environmental regeneration project for a marsh in Spain, visit the website to find out more.

Geert Vermeire (BE)
Geert Vermeire is a curator, writer and artist, moving constantly between Greece, Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices. He co-manages, together with Fred Adam, Supercluster, a platform for learning and creating with locative media, and he is curator of the Oika project, both initiatives leaning on deep knowledge and agency for a more than human planet. Beyond his activities in Europe, he puts an emphasis on dialogue with the global south, also as an individual curator and artist working together with other artists and collectives, mainly with walking practices, in North- and South America, Africa and Oceania.

Maria Ristani (GR)
Maria Ristani is (recently elected) Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, at the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She shares an active interest in the ways modern Anglophone theatre draws on and interacts with listening, sound art and acoustics, researching, in particular, the fields of audio-based theatre, podcast drama and sound walk performances. Part of her work has been presented at conferences in Greece and abroad, and published in international journals and volumes.

Manuel Fernandes (PT)
Manuel Miranda Fernandes, Forestry engineer and MSc in rural development. He has taught in higher education and received MSc and PhD scholarships from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Consultant on projects developed by various private and public organisations, namely the exhibition “The Emperor’s Flowers – From bulb to carpet” at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. He developed the “Memory Trees” project for the Casa da Memória de Guimarães. Co-author of the podcast “Ficções Botânicas” (Botanical Fictions) at Casa Comum – University of Porto. Collaborator at the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Porto.

Miguel Duarte (PT)
Miguel Bandeira Duarte is interested in artistic practices based on walking methodologies, starting from the disciplinary practices of drawing. He co-organizes the conference Drifting Bodies Fluent Spaces (2020) and the international workshops The Walking Body (2018/2020/2022/2023/2024). He is also developing the multidisciplinary and international research project Cultural Geographies of Music, Sound and Silence, and collaborated on the latest edition of Montanha Mágica – Arte e Paisagem (UBI).
He is a Professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the University of Minho and a member of Lab2PT – Laboratory of Landscape, Heritage and Territory.

Natacha Antão (PT)
Natacha Antão is an artist, researcher integrated in Lab2PT (Landscape, Heritage and Territory Lab) and teaches at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the University of Minho (EAAD), since 2006. She is editor of PSIAX, a journal active since 2002, publishing studies and reflections on drawing and image. Her most recent interests focus on artistic and research practices through walking, developing since 2018 the experimental laboratory The Walking Body (+info at She also investigates the impact of the practice of walking on pedagogical and artistic innovation, at the crossroads with landscape, drawing and representation.

Soazic Guezennec (FR)
Soazic Guezennec is a French artist born in Switzerland. As a nomad and a traveler, Guezennec researches some of the most exceptional locations on the planet in order to question the relationship between human beings and their environment. Her research into these territories is transformed into immersive installations which invite viewers to recognize their habitat and reconsider their own role in it.
Guezennec is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy. She has shown her work in over 15 different countries, in galleries, museums and art centers.

Verónica Perales Blanco (ES)
Verónica Perales Blanco (Madrid, 1974). The constant reference in her work to the themes of (non-human) animal individuality, environmental damage and climate change make her a representative of ecofeminist art. Her artistic work is characterised by approaches that combine traditional techniques and emerging technologies, pointing to transmedia formats.
Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Murcia where she teaches: Drawing and Form (Fine Arts) and Narratives and Transmedia Projects, (Master in Mobile Communication and Digital Content), Locative Storytelling (Bilingual Degree, Bachelor in Communication and Media Studies). European PhD (2005) with a thesis exploring the relationship between the body and technology from an artistic perspective.

“More than human walking” 

Walking arts today became a response to the deep environmental  global crisis we are facing today.  Walking is one of the keys to contextualize and deepen our understanding and relation with the living planet we live on and that we share with other species. We are not only walking our planet, as isolated beings, as explorers, but we are walking with the planet. The sounds, the living creatures, the plants, the geopoetics of every place are factors that connect us to a Nature that is experienced and lived in every step we take. The Walking Body 5 is stepping out of the time and space of the man-made environment, entering in a no man’s land of nature, bringing us back what was before and to where we belong.

TWB5 is an event organized in the frame of WALC – Walking Arts and Local Communities, with the support of the EU Creative Europe Cooperation grant program. WALC brings together 7 organisations in 5 countries across Europe, including walk.lab2pt. The project stretches over a period of 4 years, from 2024 to 2027, with the objective to establish an international center for walking arts, based in Prespa, backed by an online platform, extended with local and online events, exploring collectively how local communities and walking arts intersect.