Walking Reading: attend to the rhythmic relation between walking and reading. Increase one's speed, slow it down.
Walking-Reading was tested by Emma Cocker, Cordula Daus and Lena Séraphin in the interior and exterior spaces of the Sala del Camino between 6 - 10 May 2019, including as part of the opening event for the Research Pavilion. The practice was following by a period of reflective conversation that we recorded and subsequently transcribed. Extracts from the conversation are included in the wider exposition.
On 16 June 2019, this practice was expanded to include participants within the 3-day event Convocation, who were invited to engage in a practice of Walking-Reading from from the Campo in front of Chiesa di San Gerardo Sagredo in Sacca Fisola, along Calle del Large Lavraneri and Calle Convertite, arriving at Campo San Cosmo, Giudecca, whilst reading Perec's text Reading: A Socio-Physiological Outline.
Notes and Credits
1. Proposition for Campo to Campo, Walking-Reading.
2. and 3. Video documentation of Walking-Reading, a collective action as part of Convocation on 16 June 2019. Setting off from the Campo in front of Chiesa di San Gerardo Sagredo in Sacca Fisola. Video by Mika Elo.
4. Document of Walking-Reading. Still image taken from video documentation from a collective action as part of Convocation on 16 June 2019. From video by Mika Elo.
5. Recreation of the route taken,from the Campo in front of Chiesa di San Gerardo Sagredo in Sacca Fisola, along Calle del Large Lavraneri and Calle Convertite, arriving at Campo San Cosmo, Giudecca. Photography by Emma Cocker.
Find a location with space to wander. Take some printed pages of text or an open book. Hold the text gently in your hands. Allow your shoulders to relax and soften; feel your feet as they meet with the ground. Begin to walk, slowly. Take your attention to the words on the page, reading slowly, with care. Pace the speed of your reading to the rise and fall of your feet, of your breath. Take your time. Slow down your reading further: read one word at a time, then letter by letter. How does this change the rhythm of your steps? Now, increase the speed of your walking – does the speed of your reading change? Experiment. Let go of any sense of destination or direction. Tune in to the rhythms of both reading and walking.