walking proposal (part 11)

Posted on April 21, 2015

I’ve been researching and thinking more about my ‘walking work’ with the help of the informative Miners Way Trail guidebook.

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It’s a big task but at the moment i’m trying to work out feasible and historically relevant routes for a walking event. I think it would be good to integrate East Kent Railway for a leg of the journey and it makes sense to focus on the main colliery sites, so I’m concentrating on the southern half of the Miners Way Trail.

 

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I’ve realised that the direction my project is taking is an oral history-type one, and I’m interested in what could be done with the spoken/audio format in relation to spatial navigation and the perception of place.

This research is opening up so many ideas and has made me revisit a big handful of artists who work with walking/touring/site or context-specific navigation. Jennie Savage is a particularly interesting example and people have also put me on to The Museum of Walking.

I’m also thinking that an audio guide of some kind could be a nice souvenir (perhaps in the form of a collection of ex-miners’ responses to the different colliery sites).

The walking continues…