30 Dec 2018 | Tracey M Benson

2018 weft and weave AKA what a year!

As I prepare to write my annual post about the year that was, I can feel the mercury rising. It is predicted to be 39 degrees celsius today in Canberra.* In many ways this sense of anticipation is a bit like how my year unfolded. It started very gently and intensified as the year progressed. […]

30 Dec 2018 | Reading and Walking

Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque

I decided to read Deleuze’s book on Leibniz, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, to answer a question that came out of my reading of Elizabeth Adams St. Pierre’s essay on data in qualitative social-science research: is artistic research, or walking-as-art, in the fold? What is the importance of Deleuze’s image of the fold, which […]

30 Dec 2018 | exercises in being here

A happy new year!

He was sitting next to a green tent on a foldable chair, drinking coffee. There was a similar tent a bit further down, exactly the same size, same shade of green. Probably the cheapest ones on sale in the Decathlon. A big dog was sitting next to him. H...

30 Dec 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-12-30 09:10:31

Unpacking in the surprising prairie wind and staying for a hundred years. Enthralled by phasmagoria and the detritus of history. The years slowly crumble through lack of maintenance. A colonial past that still haunts; its uses change and decline. Every moment captured for Insta posterity. Is the market management meeting still in progress? Corporate beancounters […]

29 Dec 2018 | Tough Soles Blog

A 2018 Tough Soles Wrap-Up

It’s a couple of days after Christmas. The mornings and evenings are blurring a bit, over-eating, spending time with family, reading. Yesterday we went for a walk in the mountains near-by, ending at Bay Lough. It’s a dark and ominous teardrop shaped la...

28 Dec 2018 | Reading and Walking

Walking to the MacKenzie

Christine pulled me away from my reading this afternoon. “We were supposed to go to the MacKenzie, to see the Punk Orientalism show,” she said. That’s true; we were. So we laced up our boots and went for a walk. It’s overcast and snowing a little, but we enjoyed the soft grey light and the […]

26 Dec 2018 | Reading and Walking

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature” (1836)

In my Group Studio review, one other critique was that walking and taking photographs is a version of Emerson’s “transparent eye-ball.” I couldn’t answer that critique, because I hadn’t read Emerson’s essay “Nature,” where he briefly discusses this notion. Now that I’ve read that essay, though, I can respond. This is a long post, partly […]

24 Dec 2018 | Museum of Walking

Christmas cheer and resolutions

Andrew Stuck, founder of the Museum of Walking writes “When I was a child, I was told to remember the 3 Rs: reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. I never understood why you needed to remember, or to remember them in this ungrammatical way.  These days, as we mangle the English language to fit a Tweet, text […]