Workshop 6: Walking the City.
Tutor: Amy Spencer
Venue: Andor Bureau, 3 Mare Street, Hackney
Date: Sunday, 7 October 2012, Review Session: Saturday, 13 October 2012
Time: 10.30 am – 13.30 pm
Equipment: Writing material/sketch pad, camera, sensible shoes
Price: £45 / £35 Concessions
Baudelaire wanted the ocean of the city experience to swallow him up! In this workshop we will examine how we can do this by focusing specifically on how we choose to walk the city. A discussion will take place at Andor Bureau, where participants will be introduced to the ideas behind the workshop. We shall then leave Andor Bureau, and immerse ourselves in a walk through the city. We will look at what it means to fully transform our routines that keep us moving in the same directions in the same ways. To do this I would like to encourage three themes during the walk: freedom, exploration and opportunity. The participants will be invited to explore these ideas in practice, through assignments given during and after the walk. A feedback session on Saturday 13 October at an agreed time and location will then take place for us to gather our ideas and findings.
It is my intention to create a group of creative practitioners who would like to meet on a regular basis to experiment with new ideas within this field.
About the tutor
Amy Spencer is a photographer and writer who lives in a small boating community in Deptford, South East London. Her visual practice focuses mainly on documentary traditions, where she believes that the photographer should be as reflexive as possible. ‘If you have a relationship with the image, then you are involved in a deeper expression, and you will be rewarded with a greater understanding.’ She obtained a BA in Sociology, and MA in Photography and Urban Cultures both at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she learnt to merge her sociological training with her visual vocabulary. In January of this year she undertook a task, where she asked 5 of her friends to each recommend a friend for her to visit, those people then recommended more friends and the project extended to 33 days, where each night she stayed in a different place. She also decided to walk the whole journey, using absolutely no public transport throughout the city! She is currently reworking her diary into a book which reveals all of her fascinating experiences.
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