Assessment Task 2 – Walking Exercise

CAOS 201 – Assessment Task 2 – Walking Exercise

Marking: out of 100 – 30% of total subject mark

Determine a strategy for walking.

It may, for instance, involve following a defined route or walking for a specific period of time.

You can devise any set of rules that seem interesting. Having defined your strategy in clearly explicable terms, the next thing to do is go on your walk and document the process. Then post your documentation and a reflection on the overall process to your CAOS201 blog.

You are encouraged to use an iterative process (if applicable for your particular walk) to develop your project over time. Use the class blog to document the evolution of your project.

You are once again expected to engage conceptually with the material covered in the lectures, class exercises and readings.

Due Date: Thursday 21 April, 2016
(blog uploaded before class of week 8, plus oral presentation in class)

FCA Graduate Quality developed: Independent learners/Problem solvers/Effective communicators

Documentation of walking exercise, posted as a blog entry to the subject website, complete with photos, video, diagrams or other forms of relevant documentation.

You are invited to consider the act of documentation to be the making of an artwork in its own right.

You are also expected to describe your blog entry to the rest of the class and discuss its conceptual and creative implications.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Conceptual interest
  • Clarity of the performance
  • Quality of the documentation
  • Critical engagement with relevant aesthetic issues

Submission Method: Posted to subject website

Here are some previous student submissions for this project


Readings/resources related to assessment #2

Michel de Certeau, Walking in the City

Tim Ingold: Footprints through the weather world

Tim Ingold: Culture on the ground, the world perceived through the feet

Jo Vergunst: Rhythms of walking: history and presence in a street

Liang Luscombe,  Walking is not a medium, It’s an attitude

Sarah Rodigari,  Strategies for Leaving and Arriving Home

Francesco Careri, “The wayfarer on the map”, in Walkscapes: Walking as an aesthetic practice, 2002: Wayfarer on the map

Ray P. Norris and Bill Yidumduma Harney, Songlines and Navigation in Wardaman and other Aboriginal Cultures: Songlines

Henry Thoreau: Walking

Brogan Bunt: 50 Walks

Stephanie Springgay: Walking Lab

Hamilton Preambulatory Unit

Tim Ingold and Jo Lee Vergunst: Ways of Walking


Books to check out:

Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: A History of Walking.  New York: Penguin Group, 2000.

Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description.  London: Routledge, 2011.

Turchi, Peter. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.  San Antonio, Texas: Trinity University Press, 2004.

Matthews, Freya. Journey to the Source of the Merri.  Charnwood, ACT: Ginninderra Press, 2003.

Beudel, Saskia. A Country in Mind: Memoir with Landscape.  Crawley, WA UWA Publishing, 2013.

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