In Search of A/The Point of Life

25-30 JUNE: Display of WHY RUN? (WHY NOT?) and other mind+mentalmaps. Slade Centre of Research, Nondon #4

In this map (scroll right to the bottom for full map), we attempt to contextualise running, which Kaidie locates as being an extension of several important threads. Running for instance is an extension of walking, but is faster (echoing the speed of change in technology), and is more raw and rough. YES WE LIKE IT ROUGH! (Why, this is called a rough guide. LOOK AT THE TITLE OF THE BLOG AT THE VERY TOP TO VERIFY, IF YOU PLEASE) And for those of the snobbish walkers [we walk tons too, you know!] and fattylardyuglyhighfalutinintellegentsiaacademicssocalledintellectualsbutsmellyfarties who dismiss runners as unthinking/crude/ ‘too common’ – yes we have met you! – let us enlighten you – it is all much more complex that you think. It is for instance when the body is undergoing maximum pressure that the mind is clearest; even or because our body is in motion, our mind can be most still and most lucid; it is when we run that we have our most amazing ideas (as if we were not already so terribly brilliant), including ways to fight the snootiness of lardylardlardhistorianstheoreticians. Envy us not just because you yourself are physically unfit! We all pant and huff and puff and sweat – and I have seen you struggling when climbing up that step ladder in the library and perspiring gigantic beads of smellysweat when emerging from the loo. Yes darling – in the face of preposterous elitism, Kaidie spits back. Such is a time to be essentialistic and belligerent. (Fists and legs in the air.) (Wearing Nike air – not.) (We wear Asics Gel, Brooks and New Balance, because that’s what we can afford.)

NOTHING COMES FROM NOTHING, AND RUNNING HAS SEVERAL HISTORICAL THREADS.

RUNNING CONTEXTUALISED IN THE TRADITION OF TRAVELLING AND TRAVEL LITERATURE.

WITH THE INTERNET, KAIDIE HAS MORE RABBIT HOLES TO RUN IN(TO).

RUNNING AS A SIMPLE, VISCERAL COUNTERPOINT / CRITICAL STRATEGY FOR OUR TECHNOLOGICALLY-MEDIATED REALITY. (PLUS: HULA-HOOPING IN I AM FIT FOR LIFE 2000)

THE 'WHY RUN' MAP IN ITS FULL GLORY. SEE IT (RE-) CONTEXTUALISED IN THE INSTALLATION!

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  1. cloud9

    dear Kaidie!

    hope your fascinating map exhibition is going well! as I told you, once in philly I saw a lecture of an artist who RUNS too! He’s from Sweden and his name is Per Huttner. Just found his website and the work I was telling you is called ‘Jogging in exotic cities’ You can see some pics here: http://www.perhuttner.com/pic/jogging/index.html Hope that inspires you to keep running!

    in the meanwhile the heatwave only pushed me into stillness so I haven’t seen or imported the footage with you yet… but really looking forward to start editing this new LONDON GROUND film about Kaidie :) in the new website http://www.claudiatomaz.com/london_ground.html there are links for all the artists involved in the project, including YOU of course!

    claudia

    Jun 27, 2010 @ 18:38


  2. 3rdlifekaidie

    Dearest Cloud 9,
    THANK YOU so much for telling me about Per Huttner’s work! I did not know about his work. He certainly looks like a fast runner! Or maybe he runs very fast when the photographs are being snapped :)
    The heatwave does make my small brain groggy … We wish to dive right into the Lido indeed, or, at the very least, the Regents Fark pond! It was fabulous to meet you again recently, and thank you for coming around to the site! We are terribly excited about your film! Please take your time and let it brew, burn and sparkle in (the) heat :)
    Alright, perhaps we should stop saying thank you endlessly to each other, but just focus on continuing to spread positive energies to each other!
    But I will say the last thank you – THANK YOU Cloud 9!! Have a great week ahead, and keep running keep flying :)
    xx
    kaidie

    Jun 28, 2010 @ 22:44

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