With performers: Polly Atkin, Vahni Capildeo, Harry Josephine Giles.
Late one night, any night, we can’t get out, have the most impossible
baggage, and recover the world.
It is quite impossible to accept all the coercion, violence, property,
triviality, to simply walk away….
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Apply acupuncture to the frozen shoulder of this land. I write a card and put it in your hand and run away. And you reappear before me…
(i) ‘In Praise of Walking’, the long poem by Scottish poet and conceptual artist Thomas A. Clark, finds recalcitrant companions in new pieces for antiphonal performance. ‘Early one morning, any morning, we can set out, with the least possible baggage, and discover the world,’ Clark writes. But what hidden tolls does the literature of walking demand? ‘Praise’ and ‘price’ are etymologically entangled at root in pretium. How many walkers are abraded en route? Bodies ‘of colour’, disabled bodies, trans bodies, women’s bodies… Can abrasion and breathing be brought into relation?
After the performance, the poets will disrupt current poetic takes on walking, bringing their different experiences to bear.
(ii) The poets will then facilitate a brief excursion (walk, roll, play) into anti-flânerie: aesthetic opening as access: via an optional, participatory ‘imploration’ of the territory. How might they might move around the library, and how might it move around them? With what frictions and flows?
Edinburgh, EH8 8DT