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WALKING

The walking forum 

INCURSIONS meets weekly in the city of Newcastle to walk different routes through the city with an open invitation to anyone interested to join.

These walks are an informal space for people to share experiences of the city through histories, memories, politics and pop cultures, to articulate a collective narrative of the city. They also serve as a community: people come together to interact with the city in ways outside of capital. A ‘walking forum’ has become a social act for groups to explore their subjectivity in relation to the environment. These groups sometimes know one another, sometimes they don’t. Some people have more knowledge of the areas where we walk than we do. Sometimes there are incongruencies between our stories and theirs. Sometimes affect and anecdote and experience overtake objective, scientific or historically accurate narratives for space and place. 

 

We call this socio-geography - a riff off pyschogeography which is a practice of walking that considers the affects and effects of geography, landscape and environment on the individual outside of logic and fact. The ‘socio’ refers to how we think about how space and place impacts the collective.

INCURSIONS began as a specific route - from the Blue Carpet to Wallsend - a route intended to be collectively traversed in order to make a film. But over time, the function of the walks has mutated. The route walked provides a pace for a conversation and our preoccupation with how the landscape holds necessary signifiers has ebbed: the diverse gathering of people has become key. 

A bit of a backstory...

Before the national lockdown in March 2020, we had held 3 walking events, all following a long route on foot from the centre of Newcastle to the end of Hadrian's Wall in the east. These events explored 'the weird and the eerie' and how it manifested in the emptied post-industrial wastelands along the river Tyne, spaces rich in history, spectral and vacated now. 

This walk and this route, like an essay, are contained and diagrammatic, locations have become reference points and our concerns have expanded. 

We've conducted some really exciting public walks, in and out of Newcastle that have explored both the (psycho)geography and the necessity of participatory and community practice, especially in the post-pandemic city. 

Some of these walks can be expanded on below. 

INCURSIONS x YAK - September 2021

INCURSIONS x Art Licks walk - October 2021

INCURSIONS Group Walk with SLG - December 2021

INCURSIONS Art Crawl - December 2021

INCURSIONS walk and food - February 2022

 

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