Meanders as Mobile Practices

Collier, Mike (2016) Meanders as Mobile Practices. In: Tourism and Leisure Mobilities: Politics, Work and Play. ContemporaryGeographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobilities (62). Routledge, London and New York, pp. 15-26. ISBN 978-1-138-92105-4

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Abstract

In this chapter, I explore the way in which we relate to our environment and its often contested histories through the simple action of taking a meander through an ‘edgeland’ urban site (Farley and Symmons 2011) – a site local to me and the place where I work (Sunderland in the North East of England). It is my contention that the action of moving slowly (or meandering) through our surroundings affects the experience of that place in ways that are not immediately apparent. Meandering allows the walker to stop whenever and wherever they find something interesting to ‘explore’; and it allows them time to respond to the weather patterns and soundscapes of an environment. This creates an embodied experience which, when meandering in a group, seems to encourage the body and mind to co-respond by also wandering across a range of different areas of thought (Ingold 2010). In my artistic walking projects (for instance In Temperley’s Tread [2013], Walking Through the Sands of Time [2014] or Borderlands [2015]), these have included discussions around natural history, social history, politics and philosophy explored together in non-hierarchical and unstructured ways; ways which create new patterns of interdisciplinary and interconnected thinking.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Fine Art > Curating
Fine Art > Painting
Tourism > Tourism
Divisions: Faculty of Arts Design and Media
Depositing User: Mike Collier
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 14:22
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 09:31
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6700

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