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A PHOTO DIARY WITH INFORMATION ABOUT DEVELOPMENTS FOR WALKING WITH THE WASTE LAND AT THE MARGATE BOOKIE 2017.

Walking with the Waste Land is a community group which is part of a wider project at the Turner Contemporary exploring visual connections with TS Eliot’s poem for an exhibition opening in February 2018, Journeys with The Waste Land. http://wasteland.onsocialengine.com/new

The Walking Group has spent much of the last three years exploring TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land and developing connections to the poem with sites in Margate where much of this seminal poem was written.


As the Research Group finalises the selection process and design for the exhibition the idea behind this particular walk has been to introduce six selected artworks to fellow walkers without them being able to see the work. We will use chosen sites in Margate, readings from the poem and our own personal connections  to introduce the work. Through this process we hope to share some of our experiences working on the project and how we approached the selection of the art work.

The event on August 19th which has been included in the Margate Bookie program http://margatebookie.com/about-us/ , will be followed by a viewing of slides of the six chosen artworks described during the walk, and a discussion led by Dr Richard Turney at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

On Wednesday July 26th, we explored and developed our ideas  further the best way we know how, through walking.

What follows is a photo diary with some reflections from  last Wednesday.

 

Margaret Hall sets us on our way, reading a selected extract from The Waste Land

As I reflect on our experience last Wednesday, which I suggested as a walk to test out ideas that have been formulated over the last few months, it struck me that it was difficult to describe this as a trial run or experiment. The walk itself was so rich in contributions and discussion that  it reminded me that each walk is unique and you cannot replicate a walk.

Each event that we have undertaken with Walking with the Waste Land takes on it’s own momentum and develops from the contributions brought by those participating on it.This one was no exception.

For more about Walking with The Waste Land  http://wasteland.onsocialengine.com/categories/23679/walking-group

I have sometimes described these walks as walking encounters

On Wednesday  the group was joined by:

Andreas Loizou the founder and organiser of the Margate Bookie,

Mirka Kotulicova a Gallery Assistant  at the Horsebridge Art and Community Centre in Whitstable.

and Simon from Half Day Holidays https://halfdayholidays.com

The initial idea was that they would be ‘guests’ who would contribute feedback to our core contributors who bring their creativity and performances, with associated readings to the walks.

I now feel hesitant to describe them as guests as I feel that they together with the Walking with the Waste Land group really created a wonderful walk which I will always remember.

I am often worried that the walks should not be over rehearsed as they are not about a performance, they are very much walking as research. Wednesday’s meeting  was no exception we did not follow the prescribed route, which was rather wonderful as the walking talking and reading led us in new directions.

 

A development from the discussion that followed  has been that  Jackie Elson will join us on our August 19th walk which is included in the Margate Bookie listed Program. Jackie is part of the wider research group and also a gallery assistant at the Turner Contemporary. She will bring her own expertise as a Turner Contemporary navigator, to describe one of the more challenging abstract artworks chosen for this walk.

 

We will also have use of the wireless sound enhancement system on the day, provided courtesy of the Turner Contemporary, with thanks to research curator Trish Scott.

Our walk last Wednesday has set us on a wonderful path of discovery , with thanks to, Judy Dermott (writer and academic researcher) , Margaret Hall (artist, reader and geographer), Jennifer Deakin (Photographer)  and Trish Scott ( research curator for Journeys with the Waste Land).

I am looking forward to The Margate Bookie on August 19th. If you would like to join us, this event is free but ticketed on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/margate-bookie-walking-with-the-waste-land-2017-tickets-35592846161?aff=ehomesaved


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A walk in July

A collaborative walk on July 12th with the Garden Gate Community Project and Walking with The Waste Land in Cliftonville, Margate.
A photo diary of a series of walks which we began in April. this is our fourth walk.

July seems to be the month for fruit and vegetables at the Garden Gate.

okra or ladies fingers

A pumpkin patch

 

Strange creatures

For our walk we took inspiration from ‘Precario’ (precarious) #ThreadandWord a walk in Edinburgh from Dundas street gallery to Inverleith house ( you can check this out in the previous blog entry:http://elspethpenfold.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/precario-1990-cecilia-vicuna-maximum.html

This multifaceted work addresses the pressing concerns of the modern world; ecological destruction, human rights and cultural homogenisation. Cecilia Vicuña’s works often begin as poems, before transforming into images, films, songs, sculptures or collective performances – “hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard”

Documenting the precarious nature of existence and the strength in fragility through our hand made ropes.

At the start of our July  walk I suggested we use ropes to gather found sticks, flowers and leaves   while we walked. As always the inventiveness and creativity of my fellow walkers is wonderful.
For more about ropes and how these fit in  with the walks please visit:

http://elspethpenfold.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/fragments-and-thoughts-explanation-and_14.html

 

and so we walked;

 

 

Dahlias at North down Park House

A lovely path through the woods for a wander.

 

A record of this our July walk. I hope you can join us next time for our walk on August 2nd at 10am.

 
 
Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ is a community group founded by artist Elspeth Penfold in 2014. The group use walking as a research tool for locating TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and selected other poems in Margate. The group works closely with Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group who are developing Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary’s first major exhibition of 2018, which will be on show from 3rd February – 20th May 2018, focused on connections between Eliot’s poem and the visual arts.


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A  JUNE WALK – THINKING ABOUT PROJECTIVE VERSE ,with The Garden Gate community project in Margate.

Sadly, I’ve just realised, having written this blog…I forgot to publish! Am now writing the blog for July’s walk….Hope you enjoy this enough to want to read about July.

The Walking with the Waste Land group in collaboration with members of the Garden Gate community in Margate have decided to embark on one walk a month in the garden and the surrounding area of Northdown Park. We started our walks in April, so this was our third walk.

For this walk we decided to try to experiment with projective verse.

An example of projective verse:

s h a d o w s ,  b i r d s,

wake up

birch trees
in the wind’s web

before what minutes, exposition
of mankind

stony light turned

how much
the number

the vague soon again

what change in the parts

© 1968, Larry Eigner, courtesy of the Eigner Estate
From: Poetry, Vol. 111, No. 6, March, 1968

 

about projective verse:
Olson argues against a lazy reliance on simile and description, which can drain a poem of energy, and proposes that syntax be shaped by sound rather than sense, with nuances of breath and motion to be conveyed to the reader through typographical means.

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We began by walking and pausing to compile words associated with place. Charlotte acted as our scribe.

some  words:
Vibrant
pigeon
cooing, concrete slabs,

birds
chirping tall trees,
formal paper petals,
sundial, pom noms,
organised, wild berries, snappy
Green seagulls,
Grass sticks, funghi cones,
playing, baby sycamore puppies
rest

lavender, blue,Lavsih  bees. ,

talking ladders, umbrella

tree, standing
drilling, fox poo, stones, car tracks, bench
clock
view, high horizon,

dog swaying       2 crows
scarf
wind
clock.       flea darts

 

Time

using the sundial with many thanks to Margaret for her wonderful contribution (we walked past this in our last two walks and didn’t even notice it!) and also thanks to  Charlotte for brilliant participation.

 

  Timelessness:

blowing a dandelion

 

With many thanks to all who contributed to this walk. I hope you will join us on our next one,  July 12th. meet at the Garden Gate at 10am finish 12 pm.
If you have any ideas you would like to develop please feel free to suggest!

Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ is a community group founded by artist Elspeth Penfold in 2014. The group use walking as a research tool for locating TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and selected other poems in Margate. The group works closely with Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group who are developing Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary’s first major exhibition of 2018, which will be on show from 3rd February – 20th May 2018, focused on connections between Eliot’s poem and the visual arts.

For more about the Garden Gate Community project please visit their Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/TheGardenGateProject/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LABELS: #THREADANDWORD, CREATING ENCOUNTERS, PUBLIC ART,WALKING, WALKING AS RESEARCH., WALKING WITH THE WASTE LAND,WALKING WITH THREADS
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A few weeks ago I had a surprise walk with Jonathan Skinner, professor of eco poetry at Warwick University. Jonathan also happens to be a friend of Cecilia Vicuña’s which is another project I am working on #ThreadandWord.

Jonathan took me on a walk in the bluebell woods on the campus and shared some of the handouts he uses with his MA students.One of the entries was a quote from a Larry Eigner poem :

“ a poem can be like walking down a street and noticing things, extending itself without obscurity or too much effort”

On Jonathan’s handout this quote appears under the heading, WALKING.

I have been spending some of my time considering this line and researching Larry Eigner and the Black Mountain Poets who were associated with the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina. These poets, including Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan, promoted a nontraditional poetics described by Olson in 1950 as “projective verse.”

Printed below is shadows, birds, by Larry Eigner.

s h a d o w s , b i r d s,

wake up

birch trees
in the wind’s web

before what minutes, exposition
of mankind

stony light turned

how much
the number

the vague soon again

what change in the parts

© 1968, Larry Eigner, courtesy of the Eigner Estate
From: Poetry, Vol. 111, No. 6, March, 1968

Olson advocated an improvisational, open-form approach to poetic composition, driven by the natural patterns of breath and utterance. Born with cerebral palsy, Eigner made use of a wheelchair throughout his life, he is associated with the Black Mountain Poets.

This week the Walking with The Waste Land group had their May walk in collaboration with the Garden Gate community in Margate.For more about this walk,A walk in May with The Garden Gate

I had the good fortune to spend some time walking with Charlotte. Breath is one of the things we were speaking about during our walk. Charlotte explained to me that she has cerebral palsy, she had walked from Broadstairs to the Garden Gate to join us for the walk. Charlotte also explained that she finds walking calming. We spoke about Larry Eigner and it has led us both on a wonderful trail of discovery.

We hope to make some poetry with the group on our next walk on June 8th, meeting at the Garden Gate at 10 am. Let me know if you’d like to join us!


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