When in need for a pause
Wherever your feet take you
50 min (or a longer while)
“I started walking in Scotland, in Japan. Or was it an island closer to home; Terschelling, my dreams? I started walking at the age of 2, in the living room, the backyard. Never liked it as a child, always wanted to be carried. Somewhere along the way I started to enjoy walking. The exact point is a forgotten moment of crucial change. I started walking as part of my artistic practice in the Finnish countryside and pine forests of mid-winter, dark at first glance, so colourful inside. I started walking when I had to stay home. Every morning and afternoon, while the world slowed down. I started walking when I got burned-out, trying to remind my body how to relax, how to be restful: how to pause.
This walk is a pause.
This pause is a walk.”
This Walk is a Pause is a poetic sound piece in which the narrator invites the listener to walk along with her through both actual and mental landscapes – Finnish pine forests, fields of exhaustion, tingling brain gums, the neighborhood, experiences of disorientation and comforting darkness – eventually arriving in a surrounding where walking offers a form of pausing.
Exploring walking as a pausing practice, this piece asks which potential space might open if one steps aside from given pathways for a shorter or longer while: If pausing would be what you most need, what would you need it to be?
This Walk is a Pause, is a work in development, and part of an ongoing research into dramaturgies of work and practices of pausing.
Responses to -and experiences of -this audio walk by listeners are gratefully welcomed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to share the track with others. Instagram: @nienkescholts – please use #thiswalkisapause.
Text and concept of this piece:
Sound design: Femke Dekker