World-Wide-Walks (Book)

Peter d'Agostino: Crossing Natural-Cultural-Virtual Frontiers

Edited by Peter d'Agostino and David Tafler Introduction by Kristine Stiles

This book presents Peter d'Agostino's World-Wide-Walks project, providing a unique perspective on walking practices across time and place considered through the framework of evolving technologies and changes in climate.

Category: Cultural Studies

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This book presents Peter d'Agostino's World-Wide-Walks project, providing a unique perspective on walking practices across time and place considered through the framework of evolving technologies and changes in climate. Performed on six continents during the past five decades, d'Agostino's work lays a groundwork for considering walks as portals for crossing natural, cultural, and virtual frontiers.  

Broad in scope, it addresses topics ranging from historical concerns including traditional Australian Aboriginal rites of passage and the exploits of explorers such as John Ledyard, to artists' walks and related themes covered in the mass media in recent years. D'Agostino's work shows that the act of walking places the individual within a world of empirical awareness, statistical knowledge, expectation, and surprise through phenomena like anticipating unknown encounters around the bend. In mediating the frontiers of human knowledge, walking and other forms of exploration remain a critical means of engaging global challenges, especially notable now as environmental boundaries are undergoing radical and potential cataclysmic change.

Peter d'Agostino's pioneering photography, video and interactive new media projects have been exhibited internationally and are in major museum collections. He is an author and professor of Film & Media Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia.

David I. Tafler has published many articles on interactive media, avant-garde cinema and electronic art, appearing in journals such as AfterimageKuntsforum and others. He is professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Kristine Stiles is the France Family professor of art, art history and visual studies at Duke University. She is the author of several books on contemporary art and theory and is also a curator and consultant to museums around the world.

Preface

 

Part I: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Walking on Edges, Peter d'Agostino's World-Wide-Walks

Kristine Stiles

 

Part II: COMMENTARIES

Chapter 2: Peter d'Agostino: Walks & Sounds (footsteps, noise and silence)

Gabriel Villota Toyos

Chapter 3: World-Wide-Walks: body-apparatus

David I. Tafler

 

Part III: PROJECTS

Chapter 4: World-Wide-Walks: selected work (1973-2018)

Peter d'Agostino

Chapter 5: FOOTnotes: Times & Places, Walking & Mapping

Peter d'Agostino

Chapter 6: WALKING... in a changing climate

Peter d'Agostino

 

Part IV: DOCUMENTS

Chapter 7: COLD / HOT: Walks, Wars & Climate Change

David I. Tafler, Kristine Stiles and Christiane Paul

Chapter 8: World-Wide-Walks / between earth & sky / Donegal 

Peter d'Agostino, Deirdre Dowdakin and David I. Tafler

Chapter 9: COME & GO

Kristine Stiles

 

Part V: APPENDICES

Chapter 10: WALKING... maps–territories

Peter d'Agostino and David I. Tafler

Chapter 11: Natural-Cultural Consciousness: in the age of climate change

Peter d'Agostino and David I. Tafler

Chapter 12: Techno-Cultural Visions: photography-cinema-digital media

David I. Tafler

Chapter 13: Peter d'Agostino's Interfacing Strategies: camera obscura to World Wide Web

David I. Tafler

Chapter 14: Re-Visioning Virtual Realities (1990s/2010s)

Peter d'Agostino

Chapter 15: footNOTES: selected 1970s notebooks

Peter d'Agostino

 

Acknowledgments

Biographies

Index

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