Arts Territory is pleased to present a new initiative aiming to bring together and connect UK-based alumni from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In the spirit of Covid safety, we partnered with The Walking Reading Group to design an innovative, socially-distanced walk and gathering during which we discuss texts focusing on the subjects of care and walk together, remotely.
Through reading, walking and conversation, we explored aspects of mutual aid, alternative ways of connecting with the world, and moving beyond talking into action. The walk integrated alumni based in London and the greater UK, creating space to share thoughts and ideas, merging knowledge-sharing with networking, artistic activity and conversation. Taking into account the diversity of the backgrounds of alumni, the project welcomes participants from all sectors. The texts - including material by Jenny Odell, Audre Lorde and Keith Johnstone - consider how themes such as bioregionalism, comedy improv and the erotic as a source of power and information can offer new perspectives on engaging with each other and our surroundings.
This edition of The Walking Reading Group on Care was commissioned by Arts Territory, devised by Kasia Sobucka and managed by Georgia Muenster. The Walking Reading Group is run by Lydia Ashman and Ania Bas, who selected the reading material and composed the score.
We held our first walk remotely on Saturday 22 May, with a second, in-person iteration to be announced.
About The Walking Reading Group
TWRG (Lydia Ashman and Ania Bas) is a knowledge exchange project that facilitates rich conversations between people who've never met before while discussing a series of carefully selected texts and walking.
Image credit: ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2020.
The project is implemented by members of the Bosch Alumni network and supported by the International Alumni Center.