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Walking Art Practices: Four Perspectives from Canada and the UK

Thu., Nov. 4, 2021 10:00 a.m. - Thu., Nov. 4, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Walking Art Practices: Four Perspectives from Canada and the UK is the inaugural Doctoral Research Showcase, a partnership between the Faculty of MAP and the HRI to profile the thesis and research-creation projects of MAP's PhD candidates in Media and Artistic Research.

This panel has been organized by Ken Wilson, whose practice is based in walking art. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on his PhD research, and in 2019 he was invited by the Office of the VP Research to present "Walking and Decolonization / Ambulante y Descolonizatión" at "From Truth to Reconciliation: Renewing Relationships with Indigenous People," Casa Canadá, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico. Ken is also a Board Member of the Sage Hill Writing Experience. His supervisors are Dr. Sherry Farrell-Racette (Visual Arts, MAP) and Dr. James Daschuk (Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies).

The panelists include Ken Wilson, "Walking the Bypass", and three of his colleagues from the University of Plymouth, UK: Phil Smith, "That Which Walks"; Ivan Pope, "What we talk about when we talk about walking"; and greenandowens, "Chapel Street or Wherever You Are."

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Sheila Petty (MAP, Department of Film)

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 - Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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About Ken Wilson:

In 2020, I began investigating the Regina Bypass, a new highway encircling Regina, Saskatchewan, and the Global Transportation Hub, the warehouse park that highway is intended to serve, using walking as my primary methodology in an attempt to develop a deep map or deep topography of both sites. My research asks two questions: Is it possible for walking to transform non-place into place, even temporarily? Can walking bring settlers into a kinship relationship with the land, or perhaps enable them to see that they are always already in a kinship relationship with the land, whether they understand it or not? This paper, "Walking the Bypass," will discuss the project and what it means to engage in a walking art practice in a city and a province where walking, with a few exceptions, tends to be considered an eccentric activity.

Ken Wilson is a PhD candidate in Media and Artistic Research in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina. He has published articles on his walking art practice in The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage and Canadian Theatre Review, and has articles forthcoming in Performance Matters and Studies in Canadian Literature. He also contributed a chapter to the book Walking Bodies: Papers, Provocations, Actions, edited by Phil Smith, Helen Billinghurst, and Claire Hind, published in 2020. He is working on a creative nonfiction manuscript about his investigation of the Regina Bypass. Visit his website at: