It Is Solved By Walking

Dale, Nicola (2021) It Is Solved By Walking. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

‘It Is Solved By Walking’ is a durational performance in which the artist, suspended in the air via a harness, attempts to go for a walk. Both artist and audience are able to see her (lack of) progress reflected in the large round mirror below her feet. Research process: As well as reflecting on Begehungen Festival’s theme of ‘Leerzeit’ (idle time), the work was also informed by the philosophical tradition ‘solvitur ambulando’ – how a problem might be solved via practical experiment. The work re-framed Bruce Nauman’s walking performances (in particular, the contrapposto studies) for a contemporary setting. Research insights: The work presented the impossibility of moving forward despite ‘walking’ as a visual metaphor for the imbalance between effort and reward that underpins contemporary labour. Dissemination: The work was performed live at Islington Mill, Salford, UK and live-streamed at Begehungen Festival, Germany (12-15 August). These events included public tours, printed leaflets and a catalogue. The work was reviewed by Mike Pinnington in ‘The Double Negative’.

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