A NEW WAY OF WALKING
Right at the beginning of the article i loved reading the different exercises some of these artist did like providing a tour of New York with a map of Copenhagen. The one i liked the most was where Jean Hester hung maps with markers around New York with questions like “what smell reminds you of home? and where was the last time you cried?”. I think this is such an awesome idea that could produce some awesome and vey interesting results. The idea of having people answering a question without words is great. This causes people to connect memories with a location instead of explaining it. Everyone that would see the map would look at each location circled would have a different smell or feeling. On the second page of this article i really liked the idea off walking with a purpose or with the algorithm they used. Starting in one end of a city or a particular place and walking with certain direction/patterns and recording you trail and spots at the end of each stop would be awesome. Marking your path on a map would leave an awesome path across somewhere.
WILL SELF INTERVIEW
I can really appreciate Will’s feeling of walking really blows back the years. This makes me think that walking through a city you get to spend time in the places that normally would would just blow by in a car or bus and never know it was there. Walking allows us to appreciate the aging of our surroundings. Driving through a city and walking just yield two very different experiences. Will also said that people dont know where they are anymore, that walking was the only way of exploration. I agree with him, im sure a lot of people dont know how to get around with out their cars or they would only be able to navigate via the way they drive.
I found an interesting point on page twenty-three talking about how where we dwell affects us in multiple ways. The reading says that dwelling in a place long enough causes us to make it the center of our lives. Like our homes, dwelling and living there for a huge chunk of our lives influences our way of life. The reading also went on to say how where we live contributes immensely to our cultural and social identity meaning that the location of our home will influence the way we live. Basically someone that grows up in New York city will most likely live a different way than someone that grew up in South Dakota.
All three readings were pretty interesting. I think I found the first one, “A New Way of Walking” the most interesting though. The idea of turning walking into an activity and not just a mean of transportation or a way to get around if you dont have a car sounds like such an awesome idea. Also with Will Self”s interview his journey about how he came to walking miles was an amazing story to read.