Coming soon... Jamboree 2020 // Dartington, UK // June /July 2020

Walk & Talks

Artist or Curator-led, mobile (walking, moving, pausing) outdoor discussion groups, focused on specialist subject areas, topics or obsessions that surround, come from, or informs their practice. Walk Leaders encourage and facilitate conversation around their chosen topic, share their knowledge and make links between this and the rest of the group’s experiences or expertise.

Confirmed Walk & Talks - Friday:

#1. Bettina Wenzel - You’re not the boss of me
Are rules and restrictions useful tools for the artistic practice? – Is there such a thing as too much freedom? - The structure of this walk will include a set of restrictions & rules that participants need to commit to for the duration of the walk. We will discuss the rules and restrictions participants have come across or have used in their own work, interspersed with prompts and short readings.

#2. Alice White - Word up
This Walk & Talk will question our attachment to song lyrics; the memories and nostalgia they evoke, as well as their ability to bring people together. Is it possible to use a song's lyrics as a curatorial framework within contemporary art?

#3. Lucy Stella Rollins - Wassup Dartington
Plymouth based Curator Lucy Stella Rollins began her career studying at Dartington College of Arts and was the last year to graduate from the site on the Dartington Grounds. Join her for a walk and talk about Dartington and the arts ecology in Devon and Cornwall.

#4. Simon Lee Dicker - Silent Swim School
Nestled between the words and actions of the day Silent Swim School will make space for listening and thinking; time to reflect, or just enjoy the sound of the river in the company of others. Swimming costume/shorts and towel recommended. There will be certificates.

#5. Dr Paul Hurley - Powerwalk and Powertalk in Collaborative Engaged Projects
Many of us find our way into collaborative projects involving institutions, organisations, communities. They can be interesting, rewarding, and provide resources and infrastructure that we don't, as independent artists, have access to. But projects like this can also be flawed, stressful and founded on unspoken inequalities of power (economic, cultural, social) that are difficult to negotiate. Or they can be poorly thought through and the artist finds themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Where is the power of the individual among institutions and organisations? What are the different powers enacted on behalf of participants or audiences defined as 'community'? Can locating the power that we have help us to activate it, share it, or give it up?

Confirmed Walk & Talks - Saturday:

#6. Bram Thomas Arnold - From Civil Twilight To The End of Time [An adventure into the anthropocene].

--NOTE: Leaving from the campsite yard--

Part way between a Quaker meeting, a reconvening of the Dead Poets Society and a performance poetry ramble From Civil Twilight To The End of Time will be an hour long adventure coursing through time and place and back again. There will be breathing, there will be silence, there will be reading, there will be biscuits and there will be dawn, everything will take place in the anthropocene, everything will end with every beginning, breath will be drawn, paces measured, footsteps taken out of time and across place.

#7. Lauren Sagar - How many artists does it take? How many artists does it take to change the world? My theory is that you need fewer than 15 dedicated artists. What do you think? This is information I'm collecting for the March of the Artists, summer 2018; walking from Manchester to London in the footsteps of the Blanketeers in 1817 (Only one Blanketeer reached London, the others were arrested and attacked by the time they got to Macclesfield). This walk and talk is about artist visibility. It's all too easy to not notice artists and remove them from sight. The plan is to become indispensable.

#8. Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis - Desire lines and disorientation The walk & talk will use passages from Sara Ahmed’s ‘Queer Phenomenology’ and Rebecca Solnit’s ‘Wanderlust’ to consider paths, divergence and the social imaginary. Together we will take ourselves to a quieter area, and traverse the site of Jamboree following our bodies inner senses, getting rid of visual noise and discuss getting lost. Participants are invited to take part in movement experiments on the way inspired by choreographer Charlie Morrissey - to reconsider the edges of the body and attune to different frequencies.

#9. Rosalie Schweiker - Please agree to our terms and conditions During the walk we will determine your very own terms and conditions, this could be something simple, like you refuse to travel by plane, or something more complex, about having to have a work-free weekend. Your T&C’s will help you navigate your daily work routine as an artist and set boundaries in an industry that specialises in social & economic injustices as well as direct & indirect exploitation.

#10. Martha King - The Parasite What could the notion of the parasite as a disruptive, but productive agent bring to art and curatorial practices? Inspired by Michel Serres text 'The Parasite' we will explore his idea 'that by being pests, minor groups can become major players in public dialogue—creating diversity and complexity vital to human life and thought.'

#11. greenandowens - Walking towards Korea For the last year we have been working on an idea with our friend Youngshin who is in South Korea. The intention is that we walk the miles to her (in our own environment) and that she walks the miles to us (in her own environment), ‘meeting’ somehow in the middle, and reflecting on the way about friendship and distance. Join our walking party in the spirit of friendship. We may devise games along the way, there may be periods of talking, or periods of silent walking, or periods of dancing. We will not plan a route, instead choosing our path together. We will document the route, and map it out afterwards, and use iPhones to record this and the distance we cover.

#12. Lara Goodband - Embodying the Imagination We will read selected poetry and write or make in response to the sensation of being in and near water, and reflect on how the relationship to water thorough paddling, splashing and bathing alters the imagination.

#13. Tracing the Pathway - Home is where the art is We are expats of a maligned, ignored and often laughed-at town. We seek those who left their hometown through a lack of opportunity, support or creative energy but are torn by a sense of pride, identity, home and homeliness. We’re looking for the patriots, expatriates and ex-patriots of towns and cities to consider why creatives make geographical career moves, what triggers these patterns of migration and how these moves impact the cultural identity of their said “jilted” town. Equally, we seek those who have never felt the need to move from their city, wanting to better understand what infrastructures are necessary to develop a city with a strong artistic identity. Come share your opinions of your home city, and your thoughts on what creative possibilities and artistic opportunities can be hosted in these towns. Together we’d like to see what is possible if we nurture the culture of these places, rather than escaping to pre-existing vibrant spaces.

#14. Zoe Toolan - Lone/ly Wolf By necessity and nature I’m very independent. But no matter how keen my eye or sharp my tooth, lone wolfing it can be just that: lonely. This walk and talk will form a pack of individuals to roam their new territory and bond through howls, discussing the reasons that have made each person so independent which although a seemingly highly prized human skill, can prove more of a curse than a blessing for your inner canis lupus.

Confirmed Walk & Talks - Sunday:

#15. Katrina Brown - On gravity, rhythm and (dis)orientation Whilst walking, I am curious to discuss how we think we are orientating our bodies and selves in relation to the ground, to the things around us, to sound and to each other - how do we understand our verticality in relation to the gravitational pull of the ground, the rhythm of our steps, swinging arms, breathing. This walk is as a way of getting to talk about what disorientates us, pulls us off our axis, catches our breath. A walk that talks around the physics and perception of standing in the world - and unexpected sensations of disorientation.

#16. Sam Francis - Dissolving Your Earplugs & Eyeballs Part visual sound walk, part meditative collective exercise, this Walk & Talk takes its title and inspiration from Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening publications 'Dissolving your ear plugs: For classically trained musicians and anyone else interested' alongside selected texts from 'Life a User’s Manual' by Georges Perec. Perambulators will be encouraged to become active aural and visual observers of the Dartington Estate, to connect with their immediate surroundings; paying attention to the minutiae and the overlooked through deep looking, listening, reflection and sharing to consider how context, connection and environment can influence artistic and curatorial practice.

#17. James Fergusson - Flying Kites Static. Exploring the act of kite flying as something at once nostalgic, elemental, meditative and exhilarating.

Image Credit: Beth Emily Richards (2016) Pseudo-ostension: from LARPing to legend tripping