Memory. Flow. Walk.
06 Nov 2016
Beatrice Tura is a Social Anthropology graduate with a Masters degree in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College. During her undergraduate years, she was secretary of a student society aimed at the organization of cultural events (including exhibitions, conferences and mini film festivals). She took an interest in photo walks and the possibility of exploring urban space through them during her masters degree and ran her first workshop in 2015, in support of the exhibition DRIFT during UrbanPhotoFest 2015. In 2016, her walks have continued in Barcelona and Rome under the name 'Urban Photo Hunts'.
Through photographic practice different understandings of physical and social space are generated and so different interpretations of people, objects, places and concepts are revealed. This specific walk rethinks the idea of memory in urban space and situates it on a mobile and unfixed plane.
Within the digital age we inhabit, and with the web becoming the main repository of our lives, personal and collective archives have acquired the possibility to travel great distances, to merge with other memories and to go from a somewhat solid to a more liquid state.
Thriving on this phenomenon this walk locates memory and archive within movement and encourages participants to photograph the urban 'past' through the concept of FLOW (for it points to both motion and fluidity). Importantly, the word is to be taken as open and interpreted in any way one may feel; there is no strict definition, nor are there guidelines. In order to exemplify the concept, some visual ideas might include:
- Streams of people – repositories of their own history in movement
- Rivers and canals filled with traces of social life,
- Traveling objects indicating a 'past' (such as receipts, notes, papers),
- Material memories of buildings and streets as seen in their ever-changing textures.
The world of urban photography and the possibilities it offers can be infinite; what matters in this walk is the chance to reflect upon concepts through a visual exchange. The participants will have two hours to photograph the concept indicated which will be followed by the selection of images for presentation and discussion.
- 11:00-13:00 = individual or group photo-taking walk
- 13:00-13:30 = photo selection and think of concepts they want to discuss
- 13:30-15:00 = presentations and discussions
a camera and suitable outdoor clothing and walking shoes/trainers.