2.WALK is a locational multimedia performance taking place on city streets. It is designed as a sound walk, which the spectator takes on a pre-delineated path and follows it by means of a mobile app and headphones. With the help of sound images, imprinted into the location of the delineated path, she or he traverses between fictive and real situations. The performance intertwines narration and sound with space and path, and offers it thoroughly as experience. The sound image was made at the edges of the Ljubljanica River, taped by binaural and studio microphones.
When you are walking a safe, known city path, you find it hard to imagine that women in some parts of the world do not walk alone. That individual walking is connected with inappropriate, even illicit, behaviour. At this point, the mechanisms of control for safe walking of female individuals enter the picture, in the form of social regulations, which are, and will be in near future, strengthened by the apparatuses of power, control and capital. It is exactly these apparatuses that, now and here, are tailoring our everyday walking in safe areas. Walking becomes more time-constrained, regulated, precisely determined and directed.
Group, collective walking, as a revolt and conquering of space, is a reflection of political action. What about individual walking? Can walking, as a personal and conscious choice, be the power of an individual? An intervention into the existing social system. Is it radical to walk? Walking as a possible means of resistance, so much more so when time and space are taken by a woman, the woman who has socially and, consequently, self-regulating access to the time to walk.
link to video, by City of Women
Text and space: Irena Pivka,
Sound creation: Brane Zorman,
Interpreters: Irena Pivka, Petra Tanko, Igor Velše
Dramaturgic advice: Saška Rakef,
Text review: Suzana Koncut
Translation: Urban Belina
Mobile App: Vasja Progar
Production: CONA. Co-production: City of Women.