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Walking about: val smith, queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap

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Western Springs Park

731 Great North Road

Auckland, Auckland 1022

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queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap is an invitation to experience queer spacetime, led by artist val smith at Western Springs Park.

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Join with performance artist val smith in four walk events that occur over two days coinciding with dawn, midday, dusk and midnight. queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap is an invitation into queer time, moving in relation to the multiple issues at play with each resting space, such as heteronormative and colonial layerings. Together we will move in intervals of dawdling, napping, taking breaks and chatting, paying attention to our co-experience of the passing of time.

Holding space for the emergence of our queer social practices, queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap will activate anti-capitalist and anti-racist modes of being together, and deactivate the powers of straight time. We will move westward in relation to nonlinear logics of light, atmosphere and pressure present at sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight. Please bring a blanket.

queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap is one of 12 walking projects as part of Walking about, a contemporary art series that explores the relationship between walking and art curated by Christina Houghton and Melissa Laing, in partnership with Te Uru. Starting in September 2019 and finishing in August 2020, twelve artists will create walks-as-artworks and artworks-as-walks, and invite the public to join them in moving through the spaces of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, co-creating the works with their passage.

Walking about has received generous support from Auckland Council, Albert-Eden Local Board and Whau Local Board. Individual walks will be announced at walkingabout.nz and on Te Uru’s website and social media pages.

queer walk-nap-walk-nap-yakyak-nap is presented in partnership with the Auckland Pride Festival

Numbers are limited. Please register for each walk with eventbrite.

Saturday 15 February, 6.30am and 11.30am

Sunday 16 February, 7.30pm and 11.30pm

Moves westward in relation to Te Wai Ōrea, Western Springs Park

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Western Springs Park

731 Great North Road

Auckland, Auckland 1022

New Zealand

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