ARTS: moving bodies – on art and walking

CONTENT / In this workshop we will explore different approaches and methods in relation to moving and sensing bodies. We will look briefly at how artist and thinkers have used walking as a means to think, create and converse different terrains.

Together we will examine how walking in certain situations affects our knowledge, that we gain from experience, literacy and landscape views from the perspective of art.  Participants will be invited to take part in a few exercises that are based around walking and to look at their own movement and walk through their environments and try ways to make that visible.

Participants can expect to walk indoors and outdoors, to sketch their ideas and make documentation of their movement, to share ideas and to discuss their own and others, to view work of others.


AIMS / To explore different ways of walking and collecting, measuring, thinking and sensing.

To gain insight into environmental, societal and personal layers of urban or natural landscapes.

To create visual documentation of these explorations.


EVALUATION / Assessment will be based on the following learning outcomes. Participants should be able to:

  • discuss different examples of walking for example in artworks, texts or exhibitions.
  • to engage independently with the course material, through discussion, writing or visual methods in their own work.


SCHEDULE / Prior to the workshop an audio lecture will be made available for participants to listen to before the 11th of May.

Tuesday 11th of May

Presentation of outline

Small group discussions

Walking exercise



Bibliography / Selected pages from the publications will be made available before the workshop.

– Careri, F. (2017). Walkscapes: Walking as an aesthetic practice. Ames. Culicidae Architectural Press.

– Solnit, R. (2000). Wanderlust: A history of walking. New York, NY: Penguin Books.


Iceland University of the Arts /

Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir (