Engage the city, your body, and others, by putting yourself in motion on a set of 6 summer discussion-walks to engage the political, ecological, and your embodied urban environment – New York City.
How we engage the environment influences our understanding of that reality. Consequently, to learn about our environment it is critical to directly engage the space of study. In addition, learning should not be limited to a solitary and stationary undertaking. Through bodily motion and continual dynamic group discussions, concepts and ideas can be connected with your physical and communal body.
These walks pose the following questions:
- How can we situate ourselves in our environment to best perceive the complex urban
landscape, and develop methods to translate this perception into conceiving new realities?
- By activating our body in the act of walking, how can we enhance our knowledge of the city
- The radical ways we can reconceive of the city we live in when we mobilize everyday
experience and a mundane act such as walking as a method to shift our body and mind to
no longer take the city for granted and fixed relative to change.
- How to ENJOY learning about the city while being IN the city !?
Urban landscapes are defined by complex relationships, be they physical or mediated, spatial or virtual,
radically multi-cultural. How we experience these landscapes is critical. To navigate this reality as a body and
mind we must be adept at situating oneself. These 3-4 hour walks will be sequenced and paced to provide
spaces of motion, discussion and reflection. Each walk will start at different point in the city (see below) with
a short inspirational text and space from which to launch our journey and discussion. Ultimately, these walks
challenge us to critically understand how we situate our body and mind to critically understand the city
toward shaping our future.
Walk Origin Points – Schedule
May 26th – 1:00 pm
Union Square – Gandhi Statue
June 2nd – 1:00 pm
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory – 23-29 Washington Place
July 14 – 1:00 pm
The South-West corner of 90th & Central Park West
July 28th – 1:00 pm
Brooklyn Transect – Union Street @ Gowanus Canal
August 4th – 1:00 pm
South Bronx River Watershed – SE corner of Longwood Ave & Southern Blvd. Take 6 Train to Longwood Stop.
August 18th – 2.00 pm
Meet at the LIBRARY OF IMMEDIACY on Governors Island!
For directions to Governors Island:
Once there, follow signs to SUPERFRONT’s Library of Immediacy.
We are adjacent to the FIGMENT Sculpture Park and Mini Golf Course.