Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Hello Barcelona! Blog Project #4: Journey Taking/ Making

Hey guys!
The following is a three part project we'd love for you to try wherever you may be.
For those of you who are joining us from Barcelona this week, you will have already started with Task 1.
Any questions? Let us know. We look forward to all your responses!
Happy wandering and journey taking/ making.
Sorrel and Laura

Task One
Walks to be taken in pairs. Starting at 12 o clock, high noon.

At your starting point, make a turn of 360 degrees to find the key colour that jumps out at you, then take a walk following this colour as it reapears in the street on different objects, places and people. (i.e. the pink door, to the pink hat, to the pink rotten peach, to the pink...). Your journey ends after 15 mins. Where you arrive, stand back-to-back from your partner, each facing the opposite direction and describe what you see ahead of you for the other to draw.

This final part of the task is what we call 'translation drawing'; so we enjoy the inaccuracies as much as the connections.

Please send us your drawings by mail to:

Laura Nanni and Sorrel Muggridge
c/o 281 Margueretta Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 3S4

As you drawings make their long journey across the ocean, we would like you to share three photographs of
'colour markers' from your journey. Send your photographs to sorrelandlaura@gmail.com as jpeg files named and dated, accompanied by your name and place, to be posted and shared on the blog.

Task Two
This task is meant be done in pairs or small groups and is likely to take between 1 and 2 hrs. Below are a set of directions. This journey has been creating combining key markers and directions from past walking projects we have devised and performed across the UK and Canada (2006-2008).

Follow these directions in the city your are exploring while recording the markers as you find them.
Note: the directions are always written from real observations and places, but left open for translation and creative interpretation.

1. Start at the right-hand side of the train station, by the steps, facing the art centre. Here, turn right and walk to the end of the street.

2. Then, pass the bush with berries on it and a sign of higher education.

3. Next, turn to your left follow the street towards the large building that might be a library.

4. Pass the bird house and a drawing in rust. At the junction look back the way you have come.

5. Walk towards the building with rainbow colours on it. When you reach it, turn right.

6. Continue for approximately 561 steps, or past 14 hazard signs, or until you hit the bench on your left. Here, follow the railing down.

7. Now step on to softer ground and head for the blue; keep straight seeing the sky touch down to meet you.

Task Three:

To be done in groups.
Take a walk from a landmark that reminds you of home to find the perfect place to meet. (i.e. 'The Perfect Place to Meet Barcelona). Record the key markers in your journey as directions.
Once you have found your destination you must condence your directions into seven and post these on the blog in the comments section. We will follow your walks in Nottingham, UK and Toronto, CAN. The results of our journeys will be posted on the blog as soon as we complete them.

Happy Travels.

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