Walking in Air in St-Yrieix

Walking in Air est un projet interdisciplinaire qui englobe la marche, l’écriture, la pensée, la musique, la performance et la discussion. S’appuyant sur la suggestion de Tim Ingold selon laquelle « la connaissance se forme le long des couloirs transitoires du ‘weather-world’ (monde météorologique) », le projet considère “walking in air” (Marcher dans l’air) comme un modèle de pensée spéculative, d’activité créative et de prise de conscience de notre place dans un espace de nature. Les co-organisateurs sont Will Montgomery (Royal Holloway, University of London) et Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham). Les participants sont issus d’un bassin international de compositeurs, d’artistes et de poètes.

Drawing on Tim Ingold’s suggestion that ‘knowledge is formed along paths
of movement in the weather-world’, the Walking in Air project considers walking in air to be a model for speculative thinking, for creative activity and for reconsidering our place within the natural environment. The co-organisers are Will Montgomery (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham). Participants are drawn from an international pool of composers, artists, and poets.

photos Emmanuelle Waeckerlé et Will Montgomery

Leni Dipple

Midwife Toads, Le Bourmier.

‘As Gregory Bateson insisted (1973: 429), the mind is not bounded by the body but extends along the  multiple sensory pathways that bind every living being into the texture of  the world. These pathways, as we have seen, are both traced on the ground as tangible tracks and threaded through the air as trails of scent.’ 
Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans)
As a gardener, walking up and down my quite big garden on sloping terrain, I am very aware of the gradient – whether or not it has rained and the ground is slippery, when I have to take more care, for example, how I place my feet. I have to measure my energy levels also as I get older, changing how I garden and what I grow. Gilles Clément’s approach (the garden in movement) concurs with mine. 
The weather plays a prime role in what I do on a daily basis. Perhaps changes in weather are affecting the decreasing population of snakes, and other small mammals and amphibia around me. I am attaching a recording of the Midwife Toad’s (Alytes obstetricans) made about a decade ago when throughout the summer we were almost always entertained over meals al fresco by their musical accompaniment. Sadly, since the past few years, we are lucky if we hear a solo.