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Wa(l)king Copenhagen

100 ARTISTS, 100 WALKS, 100 DAYS

Metropolis has invited 100 artists living in Copenhagen to create 100 curated walks through the city over the next 100 days starting 1 May, a day of collective walking. This can be seen as a performative diary form a city where the corona virus sets the agenda and has radically changed our daily life. Each artist walks for 12 hours and starts at home. Every hour he/she gives a “sign of life” via live-streaming.

 

Follow Wa(l)king Copenhagen live on facebook.
Find documentation from previous walks in the archive at the bottom of the page.

 

100 artists take a look at a changing city

Over the last few weeks we have – as many other cultural operators – been frantically trying to rethink and reshape our programme, challenged by this corona virus reality. Whilst the majority of arts and culture institutions are in lock-down, the public space is still open – and with this starting point, Wa(l)king Copenhagen uses an artistic approach and perspective to investigate the current state of the city.

 

We all sense that the world and our own lives have utterly changed, and with WA(L)KING COPENHAGEN 100 artists will put their bodies and their senses in situations which evoke the many existential questions that arise – a diary from a surreal daily life filled with uncertainty and anxiety, but also with room for hope, creativity and a sense of community.

 

Meet performance artists, actors, choreographers, dancers, writers, poets, musicians, composers, architects and photographers.

 

The individual artist creates his/her own 12-hour walk starting from home, and along the route they will give “signs of life” every hour on the hour – just like church bells and news updates. These signs of life  will be physical actions in the public space and streamed live on facebook.com/walkingcopenhagen. They may take the form of a reading, a live installation, an improvised dance, a mini concert, an installation of objects, a call…

 

THE CITY AS A SPACE FOR REFLEXION

To go for a walk has all of a sudden become a highly valued act of freedom in this situation where normality is suspended. Apart from following the actions on-line, we hope they manifest the importance of keeping the public space open. The artists will undoubtedly lead us away from the well-known and well documented touristed sites to rarely visited places in forgotten parts of the city and at all times of the day and night.

 

The artists will walk alone, but some will perhaps meet up with invited guests and public at planned spots along the route, others will just connect with people who are on the spot – following the current virus guidelines of course – and some may suggest walks for the public. Details of how to connect on facebook.

 

The present social context demands new ways to act, react and connect, and by walking for 12 hours the artists break out of their own comfort zones – geographically, physically and mentally. They will walk some 25-50 kilometres and with the physical exertion new perspectives will open.

 

Follow live on-line every hour on the hour during the set times of the walks. These are updated here on this page every 10 days.

 

After the walks are completed, documentation can still be accessed both on facebook and on this page, and a unique arts-based archive will be created of the city and the citizens of Copenhagen in the context of corona virus.

 

CREDITS

The programme is curated by Katrien Verwilt & Trevor Davies Metropolis / Københavns Internationale Teater in collaboration with:
AnneSophie Bergmann Steen/AFUK
Johnny Svendborg/The Architecture Association
Annette Skov & Janna Lund & Jannie Haagemann/Copenhagen Contemporary
Charlotte Bagger Brandt/Råderum
Danjel Andersson/Dansehallerne
Erik Pold & Gritt Uldall-Jessen/Det Frie Felts Festival
Jørgen Teller/Skræp
Kristine Kern & Laura Ifversen/Fotografisk Center
Rikke Oberlin Flarup/Poesiens Hus
Sille Dons Heltoft
Tim Hinman/Third Ear

 

Photo: Thomas Seest