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Walking out on enchantment: walking, social media and human rights

White, R (2016) Walking out on enchantment: walking, social media and human rights. In: Landscaping Change, 29 - 31 March 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

Abstract

The presentation offers a review of an experiment in ambulatory and socially engaged approaches to intangible cultural heritage. Informed by several years practice in outdoor celebratory arts, I am setting off on a series of performative walks in and around Bath exploring disenchantment. The intention is to devise a walking practice that facilitates a critical approach to enchantment by raising questions about change and movement, terrain and space, belonging and exile. I am seeking to reveal the layers in the cultural landscape and in our interventions create new ephemeral ones. The practice is performed live by the walking participants, our presence extended via social media through the sharing of thoughts, images and sounds live during the walk. Resonances are generated as social networks engage with the media posted. The presentation will offer an account of the experiment at its mid-way point , reflecting on the process and inviting critical creative support from conference attendees. The developing new work will be placed in the context of a practice rooted in participatory arts using social media as a tool for both documentation and as intervention. The process appears to enable the performance of what Raphael Samuel called “the dielectic of past present relations”, it opens up an awareness of interconnectedness and interdependence. Attention will thus be given to hidden and concealed histories, memory, ecology and the body, the use of social media and other strategies of disenchantment. I am testing and exploring in practice ideas from Morton’s “Ecological Thought”, the concept of the mesh. Can a disenchanted approach enable us to step aside from and better understand the enchantment of ‘nature’ or other such constructs whilst taking pleasure in them? Can such an approach change our relationship with time and the land and reveal other ways of understanding ourselves in a changing world?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 15:16
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9268
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