(Re)envisioning the Anti-Urban

Mike, Collier (2018) (Re)envisioning the Anti-Urban. In: Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities: Art, Performances, Impact. Cosmobilities Network (4). Routledge, London, pp. 72-84. ISBN 978-1-138-71236-2

[img] Other (Collier, M. and Hannam, K. (2016) ‘(Re)envisionaing the anti-urban: artistic responses in Walking with Wordsworth and Basho Exhibtion’ in A. Kjærulff, K. Hannam, S. Kesselring and P. Peters (Eds.), Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities, London: Routledge)
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Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the exhibition Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets held at Dove Cottage in the Lake District, UK in 2014 in the wider context of Romantic anti-urbanism. The main aim of the exhibition was to compare the work of two famous poets in the context of the unique landscape of the Lake District. and to explore our relationship to the natural world. In the text that follows, we show how these poets are linked through the agency of walking as well as the wider context of anti-urbanism and then discuss contemporary artistic responses to the poets. We firstly, outline the cultural importance of walking in both the UK and Japan. We then introduce the walking methods of both of the poets, Wordsworth and Bashō, demonstrating that their work was formally, and emotionally structured by their practices of walking. Next,,we examine the ways in which walking informed the making of the artistic works in the exhibition itself and we conclude by reflecting further on walking and anti-urbanism more generally. We begin with a theoretical exploration of the practices of walking in the UK and Japan and the Romantic context of walking.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Fine Art > Art History
Fine Art
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
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Depositing User: Mike Collier
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2018 13:39
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/9395

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