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Mytiline is a city where I went to study. I lived in the island of Lesvos for three years. During this short period of time, I got invovled with situations that their diversity still surprises me. I find that Lesvos is not only a beautiful island but with multiple of hidden stories and micro-societies through its length. My first aytumn in this island I remember migrants walking from a north and closest to Turkey part of Lesvos -Sykamia that most of them reached the island to the city of Mytilene. I wonder how the path they created remembers them.

Broadening this first question, I wonder how the paths remember generally. Is it a matter of materials left behind? What about the tracks that aren’t visible or tangible? That can be smelled or narrated. I imagine my presence in Metochi with Georgios and whomever else would enjoy participate as period of picking stories of movement in the field, and “metabolise” this experience in the best forms that trasnfer its sense.

The book of Frederic Gros, Περπατώντας (original title: Marcher, une philosophie) was the first reading that made me rethink the otherwise norm of walking. It narrates stories of walking philosophers.

Moreover, Contact Iprovisation has been a source of isnpiration about movement and communication. I would like to share a video of Steve Paxton, not really because what he says is directly related to this site or project, but because for me this is an idea that keeps following me in the back of my mind and because I found the settle of the video poetic.

When it comes to my challenges on this course, one could be expressing myself in english, a language that I am not fluent enough. Though, I believe that this course is a way for improving this.

Further, another challenge for me is time. I so desperately need time to understand and react that I think that a 2-weeks-course will be a great challenge for me to participate. Though, I found this first warming-up really useful to get a sense of it and an idea of each other.

to be updated…

2 Comments

  1. Hydar Dewachi

    Hi @daskalakiero,
    I liked your question about how the path remembers us! I think in that sense animals are more advanced than us mere humans because their sense of smell can trace back their own – and others – route (or so I imagine!)

    here are some artists projects that came to mind when engaging with your thoughts:

    1. Simon Pope, Memory Marathon: https://www.fvu.co.uk/projects/memory-marathon
    2. Walking Roman Watling Street with Iain Sinclair & Andrew Kötting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSNHLQkP7VI

    Walk with you soon.

    hydar

  2. Tormod Wallem Anundsen

    Ero, thank you for this very thoughtful post! As Hydar, I enjoyed “I wonder how the path they created remembers them”. I’m curious to whether you are thinking in terms of the landscape or objects (like traces to be found, or more metaphysically the landscape itself?), or more narratively; that the people from this path have stories to tell. Or all of the above, perhaps? Or ways of letting these memories resurface? Like walking the path yourself and meeting people? I’m looking forward to seeing how you may go about this! As I am also a ‘walker’, and only recently have started thinking about this practice in new terms, I like the potentials of walking as metaphor, as ways of meeting people, thinking, acting… There are also artists who walk as their practice. So I look forward to learning more!

    (PS: I also enjoyed seeing Steve Paxton again, or his reflection – he and contact improvisation were kind of the hottest thing on the alternative dance scene when I was studying. So I attended a few workshops on leaning and pouring weight).

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