Dee Heddon – Walking Aesthetics and Performing Landscape

Event Date: 14 February 2017

Tate Exchange
Switch House, Level 5
Tate Modern

The Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities presents:

The 2nd Denis Cosgrove Lecture in the GeoHumanities

Dee HeddonWalking Aesthetics and Performing Landscape

Discover walking as an art form and its potential for performative social and environmental encounters in this talk by artist Dee Heddon.

For artist and researcher Dee Heddon, walking is an aesthetic practice concerned with environments, encounters and exchange. Framed within the wider concern of the relationships between performance, art and landscape, this talk tells stories of walking as a space for exchange of experience, knowledge and relations.

In her project 40 Walks Dee explored the relations between walking, space and friendship. In Walking Interconnections she and collaborators questioned the framing of walking as a universal environmental experience, acknowledging the value of the lived experiences of those who walk differently. In her ongoing project The Walking Library she and artist Misha Myers ask what it is to take a book out for a walk, setting up dialogues between texts and environments.

Dee Heddon is Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Glasgow. She is author of numerous publications including Autobiography and Performance (2008) and co-editor of a new book series for Palgrave on ‘performing landscapes’.

This talk is the second Denis Cosgrove Lecture in the GeoHumanities organised by the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities as part of a Tate Exchange day on the theme of environments, encounters and exchanges.

Introduction by Professor Philip Crang (RHUL):


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