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In a culture that is highly path-driven we are constantly urged to look forward, set goals, and plan for the future. I think of the destination-oriented walk as a metaphor for the type of future one is expected to desire: predictable, consistent, and accomplished. By removing a set destination from my own walking practice, as in I–XIII (2011) and I-XI (2012), I encourage wandering as opposed to an arrival. The importance of this kind of wandering promotes an awareness of experience in which the immediate surroundings are more carefully observed and movement is unhindered by the tension associated with arriving at an end. This allows for a more acute awareness of surroundings and deliberate sense of existing in the present. The painted tape markers serve as visual documentation/artifacts of this process.
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