How Walking and Doing Nothing Intersect


Following yesterday’s missive I also wanted to mention that I finally started Rebecca Solnit’s book, Wanderlust. It’s one of those titles that’s been on my shelf for ages and an obvious one to have procured given my interest in walking as a “post-studio” (i.e. non-material yet creative/generative) performative practice. For some reason I never got to it before now, though. And I’m really grateful that I waited. Had I read it prior to this project I may have missed this beautiful overlap – a gently revolutionary Solnit-ian gem:

“[T]hinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking.”

‘Nuff said.

Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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