an attempt at walking and thinking in air 

2023, Performance

a performance reading at the National Poetry Library, London. 06/09/2023, 8pm


For Special Edition: Reading & Sounding, an event curated by Iris Colomb, exploring text and sound through performances by three artist-poets: Camilla Nelson, Nicola Woodham and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

This is Emmanuelle ‘s  first attempt at performing some of the textual traces she generated during Walking in Air fieldwork.

For this occasion she worked with an edited version of her preliminary and concluding thoughts about her first ever Walking in Air fieldwork (Whitehorse Meadow in Thornton Heath, January 2021), as well as the transcript of the recording of her thinking aloud while walking.

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"This afternoon I am going to walk alone with my mind’s eyes and feet ears, intent on absorbing all that I can of my surroundings. I will be mindful of the fact that it is our careless over exploitation of everything on and in earth that caused the contagious toxicity of the air in and around me as well as the polluted state of the ground beneath my feet. " (extract of preliminary thoughts)

Details and traces of this first preliminary fieldwork are here.

They also appear in
Walking in Air, Performance Research ‘On Air’, Vol 26 issue 7 (Sept 2022)