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Walk Listen Cafe - Eco-activism - special guest Tracey Benson

TONIGHT 8pm BST Tuesday 12 May on-line 
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walk · listen · café, is a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a particular topic, and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.

Online meetings are hosted through 
Jitsi. Participants will be sent the conference link shortly before the event kicks off. To cover expenses and provide a small gift for the expert, participation costs just 3 euros.

 

Eco-activism conjures many different forms of social action, from political protest to verge gardening to swap meets. Although the phrase ‘the personal is political’ was part of the 2nd wave feminist discourse of the 1970s, it is a phrase which, like ‘ think global, act local’ has the potential to help us frame our COVID-19 lives. 

Can we now decide to act in ways that align with the earth? As walkers, what are some of the actions we can take to amplify messages about caring for the earth and its creatures?  Can COVID-19 help achieve positive environmental goals – e.g. development of local organic gardens, communities of support or just an increased awareness of our own local ecosystems? How can we take this moment of COVID-19 as an opportunity to shape a future where we see ourselves as part of the ecosystem, not in control of it.

Tracey Benson is an artist / researcher based in Canberra, Australia.

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42 live events, 85 individual contributors, 9 days in which to celebrate our Urban Trees, not just here in London but globally. Join us at the Urban Tree Festival 16-24 May all on-line.

Although the pandemic has restricted so many of us, we hope to bring you joy and to entertain you:

  • learn to make oak gall ink
  • discover an ancient orchard close to you
  • pin up a tree drawing in your front window
  • discover the healing power of the hawthorn
  • start your day with a Slow Morning meditation and a shot of birdsong
  • listen to experts argue the rights and wrongs of tree management
  • commune with trees and discover your #GreatTree
  • step into a forest comedy drama
  • create tree collage with a million pictures
  • write a little poetry and discover how through nature writing you can heal yourself

Every event is offered free, all we ask is that you make a donation to the festival as a whole, so that each of the contributors who are offering their time and expertise for no payment for your enjoyment, might receive  an ‘honorarium’.

Booking for all live eventshttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/urban-tree-festival-30233150930

Details of the live programmehttps://urbantreefestival.org/programme-at-a-glance

Where you can make your donationhttps://urbantreefestival.org/fundraising-and-sponsorship

Walk Listen Cafe - Listening with your feet - special guest Viv Corringham

7pm BST Tuesday 26 May on-line 
Read more and book your place

 

walk · listen · café, is a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a particular topic, and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.

Online meetings are hosted through 
Jitsi. Participants will be sent the conference link shortly before the event kicks off. To cover expenses and provide a small gift for the expert, participation costs just 3 euros.

Viv Corringham is a singer and walking sound artist who will host this walk · listen · caféPauline Oliveros, Viv’s teacher, was a US composer and creator of Deep Listening.

  • Can sound help us to understand our environment?
  • Can listening help us to be present in each moment of the walk?
  • Can listening reveal the essence of a place?
  • Can we listen to the song of the walk? 

Viv: 

“I would like to tell you about my practice as a walking sound artist. 
I lead group sound-walks- sometimes in silence, sometimes responding to the soundscape with our own sounds.
I’m a sonic flaneur who drifts through cities and sings with them.
Via Songlines and Song Paths of Indigenous peoples, I arrived at my long term, almost 20 year, project Shadow-walks, in which I walk with inhabitants of places on their special walks. Then I repeat the route alone, listening for the memory and traces of that walk and singing my response.”

Join Viv and moderator Geert Vermeire for a coffee, listen to Viv’s insights and discuss how we can listen with our feet.

 

 

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