Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
Roam: A Weekend of Walking
Roam involved six projects which used walking as a method to explore Loughborough afresh.
Sauntering, shuffling, ambling, rambling. Wandering, striding, strolling, hiking, dawdling, pacing, strutting, stalking. We have so many words to express moving around on two feet. Each suggests a different sense of occasion, of place, of a moment and point in time, of leisure or labour, and of being in or out of control. Whether it be to exercise the mind, the body or our human rights, walking, in all its many forms, has engaged artists, philosophers, campaigners, explorers and travellers alike for thousands of years. While the location may be rural, urban, or even fictional, walking continues to satisfy our urge to navigate, investigate, visit and explore other places, as well as coming to know more about ourselves.
Drawing on the sensory ethnography of Sarah Pink, then Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough, and in collaboration with the curator Anna Douglas, 2008's Roam saw the commissioning of six artists who used walking to explore the town afresh.
Claire Blundell Jones
Tumbleweed Loughborough Read more
Luddite Manoeuvre Read more
Loughborough Street Training Read more
Mark Gwynne Jones
Off the Beaten Track Read more
Sound From the Ground Read more
Tamara Ashley & Simone Kenyon
The Pennine Way: The Legs that Made Us Read more
Heartlands Read more