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Desiring Lines: Women Walking as Making - Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Memorial Union, Arizona State University Tempe Campus, 301 E. Orange Street, Tempe, AZ 85287


A collaborative interactive presentation by Adriene Jenik and Heather Lineberry, created in association with Angela Ellsworth.

As part of the Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, friends and collaborators Adriene Jenik and Heather Lineberry will invite conference participants to walk with them in a unique interactive experience.

For many years I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of three seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.”

                         - Rebecca Solnit  “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”

Walking is liminal. Walking is slow. Walking is line. Walking is time. Walking is longing. Walking often goes unnoticed. Walking and gathering were some of the first activities of women. When we walk on the earth, we are among the animals and the elements. Walking is our default human pace. 

Desire paths create lines that resist the already determined routes of our everyday. They are the paths in our built environment that emerge from collective use over time, as opposed to pathways and sidewalks that are planned and laid in concrete, asphalt and rock.

Adriene and Heather, will lead participants on a silent intentional walking procession through a thoughtfully chartered accessible route from the conference location through the Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden (designed by landscape architect Christy Ten Eyck) to Air Apparent the contemplative, intimate architectural environment created by public artist James Turrell, located on the North-West corner of the ASU Tempe Campus. 

Upon arrival the collective silence will be broken in order to share observations of this silent group walk, read reflections on walking, and share information about women artists who have used walking as a means to create political, poetic, and environmental works. Some of the artists discussed will include Eve Mosher, Mona Hatoum, Sophie Calle, Ingrid Pollard, Marina Abramovic, Janine Antoni, Janet Cardiff, and Jen Southern + Jen Hamilton. 

As arts practitioners and educators Adriene, Heather and Angela (individually and collectively) explore walking and its relationship to contemporary art practices as well as historic traditions. All three women are also involved with the Museum of Walking that was established on the ASU campus in 2014.

Desiring Lines: Women Walking as Making is one component of the larger Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference being held from Wednesday October 28 to Saturday October 31 at ASU. For more general information on the conference, a guide to visitor parking and transportation, full schedule of events and registration details click here.