Take us for a Walk (2014)

Workshop, Performance, Symposium

Workshop, Performance, Symposium

Whether walking together or on our own, we are always synchronizing and desynchronizing: swinging limbs, adjusting muscle tone, heartbeat, breathing… Our bodies are defined by a multiplicity of rhythms, which permanently influence each other. If we look closer into the seemingly simple movement of walking, we discover a rich polychronicity and various forms of mutual attunement.

In a five-days workshop, an open-air performance, and a two-days symposium, artists and scholars from different fields will explore the dynamics of walking in respect to rhythmical self-organization. What are our techniques, our cultures, our ecologies, our politics of walking?

TAKE US FOR A WALK is a collaboration between DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm “Ästhetische Eigenzeiten” + Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Zentrum für Bewegungsforschung, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”, Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.

Performance and Syposium are open to the public; free admission to all events.

Fri 24, Start 4pm (duration: ca. 1 h), Tempelhofer Feld
“The Object cannot compete with an Experience” - SLOWALK Performance

Devised and led by Hamish Fulton, at Tempelhofer Feld. Besides the workshop participants are expected to take part, the walk is open to all, who would like to participate. “The walking participants are also the art observers.” (Hamish Fulton)

Workshop Mo 20 – Fri 24, 10am – 5pm (Fri: 3pm), Uferstudio 14
Part I: The Art of Walking – with Katja Münker
The Berlin-based Feldenkrais teacher and performance artist Katja Münker will make participants re-discover walking. In playful, explorative and contemplative approaches, walking will be deconstructed into its constituent physical, rhythmical and spatial aspects and then reorganized in order to achieve a more varied walking experience and technique.

Mo 20 + Tu 21, 10am – 5pm, Uferstudio 14
Part II: One Step at a Time – with Hamish Fulton
The British land art and concept artist Hamish Fulton who has achieved international fame as a ‘walking artist’ will host the second part of the workshop, where participants can become familiar with his practice. With a series of small indoor and outdoor walks, and exchange of thoughts on communicating through walking, different states of togetherness and separateness and different options to frame walks will be explored.

TAKE US FOR A WALK | A Symposium on Walking and (D­e‑)Synchronization
Sat 25 + Su 25, Uferstudio 14, Uferstudio 14, Uferstudios Berlin, Uferstraße 23, Berlin-Wedding.

10.00   Welcome and introduction (Gabriele Brandstetter + Kai van Eikels)
11.00   Daniela Hahn: Leaving the Factory. Walking Under Working Conditions
12.00   Ralph Fischer: Walking Together/Walking Against. Poetics and Politics of Pedestrian Movements

Lunch break

14.30   plan b (Sophia New + Daniel Belasco Rogers): Taking a Walk for a Line, presentation
15.00   Conversation between Hamish Fulton, Sophia New + Daniel Belasco Rogers
16.30   Martin Nachbar: Walking Around the Theater. On Possibilities to Share (Kin)Aesthetic Experience in the City, presentation and performance
17.30   Katja Münker: Invitation to Walk. A collective choreography, performance
18.30   Discussion

Entire day: gehen exhibited, installation by Katharina Greimel

10.30   Introduction: ‘Synchronization’ as a concept in science and arts
11-13:00   Panel 1: Democracy and Poetry — Synchronizing Lives (Eva Axer)
14.30   Panel 2: Synchronization and (Im‑)Balance (Sabine Zubarik). Gesture as Desynchronization (Reinhold Görling)
16.30   Discussion (symposium ends ca. 17.00)