Walking Traces: Walking in the Fine Arts and in the Audiovisual Arts

Speaker(s): Francis Vranckx, Sint-Lukas Brussels, Belgium
Date & Time: 18/05/2016 09:00-11:00
Location: AVARTS Areteos, Room 3, Former Asylum
Language: English

This is a workshop about the use of walking in art, both in the fine arts and in the audio visual arts.

The workshop consists of two parts.

First there is a general, comprehensive introduction to the subject of ‘walking’, presented as a course/practicum.

This is definitely not a theoretical discourse, but a lecture, almost completely based on the projection of examples from the 20th and 21st century art history (films, photography, drawing, ..).

The presentation is built up by traveling through different historical periods and artistic movements.

With practically only visual materials I guide the students along different artists and artistic movements, which were in the past or still are today, involved in this walking-subject.

During the lecture/talk/projection, that will take about two hours, I introduce the students, among other things, to some early 20th century photography (Edward Muybridge, August Sander, …), mid-20th century art (land art, performance, video art, ..) and finally contemporary ‘walking artists’ (Francis Alÿs, …).

This art-historical summary will be completed by 2 other illustrations:

· examples of my own walking projects

· examples of student works from my teaching practice in Sint-Lukas (LUCA), Brussels

(both including drawings, films, photographs, …)

During the second part, a real workshop, the students will actively participate by developing a specific project in the field of ‘Citywalking -Homewalking-Fieldwalking’.

At the end of my presentation, we will discuss how they can work (individually or in small groups) with the ‘walking’ subject: proposals will be exchanged, starting points can be worked out, a strategy will be developed.

After a few days (to be determined / organised) there will be the possibility to confront the ‘walking work in progress’ with the group of students and myself, preferably during a mid-week session.

Finally, the workshop ends with an evaluating session and, very important, a public presentation of all the projects in some kind of ‘exhibition’.

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Francis Vranckx

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