The Phenomenology of Walking

January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

noun (pl.phenomena)
1 a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question

The importance of the debate around Objects of Recognition is that it focuses on the act of walking and that act as a mode of interpreting an urban space. The act of walking is central to making sense of urban space as it is by walking that the users of urban space create meaning for themselves in that space, engender conflict within the space, build spaces of tranquility, make play space, fashion calm space, find space of possibility, constitute secure space and reconstitute walking space when space is appropriated. Walking can reconstitute past and imagine future space.

Walking can also confirm one’s expectations of space; to see what one expects to see; to seek out that which one wants to see. What walking can do is to act as a mode of comfort — stroll rather than tramp, stretch one’s legs rather than trek, promenade rather than advance — Sunday in the park rather than retreat from Moscow.

Prompts for those seeking new practice here:

The Walking Encyclopaedia is at AirSpace in Stoke from February 7th to March 15th.


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