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Cultural Value presents

Walk the Talk@Fringe

Walking with strangers never felt so good... DATE: Sunday 2 October TIME: Assemble from 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start VENUE: Old Bandstand, Fitzroy Gardens COST: Free


CREATOR’S TWO CENTS SOMETIMES things cycle through your brain once and leave you alone - other times you’re not so lucky. Walk the Talk is one of those ideas that has never stopped cycling. Springing originally from a moments frustration with life, it morphed into a million different beasts until finally finding its way outside my head and into the Melbourne Fringe. Through all its imagined incarnations one theme has remained constant - the desire to create a simple relational exchange that intimately explores social connectedness. I’m not a subscriber to the view that technology or social media is turning us all into narcissists, but I do wonder what impact it’s having on our capacity to engage meaningfully with one another. The pervasiveness of technology in our lives today means that it is mediating our communications more than ever before - ever left your mobile phone at home & felt like you’re missing an appendage? In part this project is a response to the paradox of living in a more ‘connected’ world than ever before but one that seems to place an emphasis on breadth of relatedness rather than depth, i.e., the quantity & ease of connections rather than the quality of them.

I’m curious about the way social media encourages us to share with others without necessarily needing to share ‘of ourselves’. It’s pretty easy to come up with an ironic one-liner but what happens when it comes to discussing the more complex parts of human relations? Technology may have made us more efficient but I’m not sure it’s necessarily given us any more ‘free’ time. We seem to now need to have our minds occupied without a moment’s pause, to be constantly downloading information. The act of allowing our minds and bodies wander in physical space without purpose seems to have become an extravagance of the dreamer alone. Well, I invite you to allow yourself to wander and to connect. To not think too hard about where you’re going or what you might do when you get there. Just be present in the company of your walking partner and immerse yourself in the experience of what it feels like to walk alongside an unknown other. The aim here is to have fun and hopefully share something of yourself in a way that reaffirms the most positive aspects of our humanity. Have fun & remember, BE NICE! -Peter

GROUND RULES ON ARRIVAL 1:30-2:00pm One of our volunteers will pair you up with someone for the walk. There will b e i n t ro d u c t i o n s , p l e a s a n t r i e s & perhaps a touch of anxiety. They’ll give you a red dot which lets us know that you’re all set to begin. If you’re game, you are welcome to pair yourself up with someone. Just be sure to let us know so we can give you a red dot & leave you on your merry way. BEFORE YOU START A couple of things to remember: • Switch your mobile to silent & if it vibrates in your pocket during the walk - ignore it! Having said that you’ll need to keep an eye on the time so you may want to set your alarm for 3:00pm. • If you’re under 18 make sure you have a guardian with you on the walk. THE WALK 2:00-3.00pm The walk begins at the Old Bandstand and goes for an hour. It’s completely self-directed & up to you & your walking partner to negotiate the path taken. Here are some things to bear in mind:

• Stick to the confines of the Fitzroy Gardens. Avoid the temptation to cross the road into Treasury Gardens my insurance doesn’t stretch that far. • Don’t just talk about yourself for an hour. This is about relating to others not talking someone’s ear off. • Avoid philosophical debates about how the Miniature Tudor Village is an uncomfortable reminder of British imperialism. • Remember, silence can be golden so try not to freak out if you can’t think of anything to say. • If you are stuck for conversation, ask your partner which Sex & the City character they most relate to and why. • On the off chance that things go pairshaped during the walk, come back to home base & we’ll workshop it with you. AFTER THE WALK There’s a map of the gardens at the Old Bandstand that you can post comments on about you’re experience. This information will help inform the next stage of Walk the Talk, so if you have some time to spare please come back & tell us a story or two.

Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust



a tale of two

Walk the Talk@Fringe has been made possible because of the contributions of a slew of visionary folk who had the foresight to support it including: Annette Pitman, Catherine Pingiaro, Claire Hatch/Bruce Rowe, Claudia Passera, David Floyd, Jessica Taylor, Joel Murray, John Paul Fischbach, Leo Scalcione, Maria Strofalis, Mum, Sanja Pahoki, Sophie Lea, Stephanie McGregor, & Tara Calnan. Cultural Value would like to acknowledge the RMIT Link Arts & Culture Program and the City of Melbourne for their support of the project. Thank-you also to the many others that contributed their pretty pennies via And to the gorgeous volunteers who have helped get this baby over the line on the day. Walk the Talk@Fringe is dedicated to people whose lives have been affected by bipolar disorder. This event was devised/produced by Peter Ghin.

empaths will abound cushioning the fall narcissists will impugn the nature of all the twain shall meet in minds that feed from each other out of the father into the mother a sight to behold the terror of two faces a pattern recognition between two eyes a fear of knowing a throb of volition - PpG Š2011


Walk the Talk@Fringe Flyer  

Flyer for Walk the Talk@Fringe - a participatory arts event taking place as part of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival