On 9 March 2021, the Lectorate Design organised an online event as part of the Leiden University Art Research Convergence series, in which a panel of artistic researchers working in different media explored the cross currents and the points of differentiation between their various approaches to walking as a research method.

Alice Twemlow, Design Lector at KABK and associate professor at ACPA, Leiden University, was joined by:
Justin Bennett, tutor in Institute of Sonology at KC and member of Interdisciplinary Research Group (KABK, KC and ACPA);
Rebecca Dunne, alumna, MA Artistic Research, KABK;
Sophie van Romburgh, lecturer at LUCAS, Leiden University; and
Stephanie Springgay, director, School of the Arts, McMaster University, co-director of WalkingLab.

Among other topics, the panel addressed the relationship between walking and other strategies and tactics such as writing, mapping, image-making, archiving, sensing, speculation, listening, and place-making, and between walking and issues and themes such as rhythm, public space, climate crisis, the Anthropocene, and slowness.

The session also invited a discussion on how walking could be situated more critically in what theorists Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman have labelled a 'more-than-human; methodological discourse, with the potential to engender 'solidarity, accountability, and response-ability'.

To watch a recording of the event, please use the following links:
Introduction by Alice Twemlow

Presentations by Justin Bennett, Rebecca Dunne, Sophie van Romburgh

Presentation by Stephanie Springgay, first 15 minutes of Q&A

You can browse a PDF of the Walking as a Research Method publication or write to lectoratedesign@kabk.nl to order a hard copy.

About ARC

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ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and the University of the Arts The Hague for the active communication of artistic research. ARC hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every second Tuesday of the month.

The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.