Michael Höpfner is a walking artist from Vienna, who visited us in autumn 2012.
It could be argued that the role of walking has diminished in contemporary society. We are in an age where increasing efficiency and productivity is paramount. Walking is slow, inefficient, even unremarkable; something most people rarely think about precisely because of its pure functionality –and yet it still remains so deeply embedded in every aspect of our quotidian life, despite this. In a way it is through waking that we make our place in the world. It is a way of both interpreting and knowing ourselves and the place we are in. If the role of walking is diminishing–at least a certain anachronistic view of walking–the result has been an awakening to its creative and critical potential. How can walking, as a distinct act, help us to re-construct the geography of our own environment?