Our fall course focused on the idea of “Spatial Relationships” and includes works by Shannon Jackson, Edmund Husserl, Gary Snyder, Sergio Chejfec, and the film Girl Walk // All Day. The course took place entirely within Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, and resulted in a public walk in the neighborhood, created by participants.
Join us on Sunday, October 7th, for an open class of the Walk Study Training Course.
For this class, each participant will be constructing a ten minute walk, based on ideas we have covered so far. This is a great chance to see WSTC in action. For more information on the course in general, click here.
The walk will begin at 1pm outside of 624 50th St., in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
FINAL PUBLIC WALKS
For six weeks this fall, Walk Study Training Course 3 explored spatial relationships in Sunset Park. As the final exercise for the class, each participant has created a public walk. Take a look at the descriptions below, and join us for one or more! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Saturday, December 1st
MEETING LOCATION: R LINE 25TH STREET STATION ON 4TH AVENUE
LEADER: DOUGLAS MANSON
Douglas Manson encourages you to join him for a “walking essay” in Sunset Park, which uses Wordsworth and Whitman as the bookends. Wordsworth’s “Prelude” says that a walk frees one from the urban sense of inconvenience and world-weariness, while Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” suggests that walking reaffirms one’s urban civility. This walk will think through the “mythos” of the City of the Dead that is Greenwood Cemetery, strike through Paul Auster’s bland, but also disturbingly trite, use of “Sunset Park” as a pseudo-location, walk to the harbor, through the marketplace, and end at the Park, to swirl in sublime agony over the magnificent metropolis.
The walk alternates between moments of silence, and moments of the wooliest of Romantic poetry sung aloud. We will talk and think about how we walk out of a personal sense of necessity, how we carry or do not carry “burdens”, and what our walking does for our thinking– democratically.
Walkers are asked to not hate Wordsworth, Hazlitt, or Whitman as a prerequisite for the walk.
MEETING LOCATION: THE ENTRANCE TO SUNSET PARK AT 6TH AVE AND 44TH ST.
LEADER: BRETT VAN AALSBURG
Brett Van Aalsburg will lead walkers on a slow-walk in Sunset Park. Drawing from the work of Edmund Husserl, walkers will be asked to contemplate specific texts relating to the lived present.
Sunday, December 2nd
MEETING LOCATION: THE ENTRANCE TO GREENWOOD CEMETERY AT 5TH AVE AND 25TH ST.
LEADER: WALIS JOHNSON
Walis Johnson’s walk will follow a key precept of Gary Synder’s Blue Mountains Constantly Walking: The “four dignities” of Standing, Sitting, Lying, Walking. The walk will explore key spaces/landmarks that are the center of the neighborhood, spatially, spiritually and commercially. Places where people gather alone and in groups.
We will fully inhabit our bodies as we venture through sacred neighborhood spaces, areas of commerce, along borders that define difference and ethnicity, and through places of suffering and conflict. We breathe deeply, integrating our bodies, our minds and our full selves with the space and people. We breathe in all that we discover on our walk. We breathe out our compassion for the people who live in the neighborhood and for ourselves. We open ourselves to infinite possibility for connection.
In preparation for the walk, each walker should bring something that they want to leave behind as a trace or evidence of their presence.
MEETING LOCATION: SUNSET PARK
LEADER: SAMANTHA BOARDMAN
Samantha Boardman’s walk will explore issues of sight-seeing, tourism, and human relationships. Her walk will create a visual itinerary of “Sunset Park,” as curated by the Walk Exchange participants and their guests. Walkers will be split up into multiple small groups, for a 90 minute, self-guided tour that will visit between three and six places that are, to them, essential stops on any walk through Sunset Park. Once there, the walkers will take two photos – one of the sites itself and one of the walkers at the site, for which they will need to engage with a passerby. After the walk, photos will be collected into a virtual tour and circulated to the Walks Exchange participants.
MEETING LOCATION: SUMMIT OF SUNSET PARK
LEADER: ZACK GENIN
Zachary Genin invites walkers on a slow meander through Sunset Park, from the windy peaks to the calm and peaceful valleys of the neighborhood. By performing a series of subtle gestures we will quietly uncover new ways of relating to the environment through “constructive distraction”. What are the possibilities of distraction as a medium for revelation? How might remaining in a perpetual state of distraction constitute new aesthetic awareness?
Please bring: a pen and paper, comfortable shoes, and your favorite sweater.