Galerija za zvok, bioakustiko in umetnost / Gallery for sound, bioacustics and art

Aldo MILOHNIĆ: Walking the walking performances

A peripatetic lecture (CANCELLED)
Friday, 16. 9. 2022, at 18:30
Gathering point: City Hall (walk from the City Hall to Cukrarna)
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Duration: 80 min

Walking through Ljubljana, wondering about the sound walks, re-thinking purpose, cause and meaning of walking as an art practice.

Photo: Matjaž RUŠT
When Honoré de Balzac published his extraordinary study, The Theory of Walking, in 1833, he wondered why no one had seriously studied the phenomenon of human walking before him. “Isn’t it curious,” he writes, “that ever since man has walked, no one has asked why he walks, or how, or if he could improve his walking, or what he does when he walks, whether one could not impose his walking, change or scrutinize it […].” We too will also address these questions as we walk from Ljubljana City Hall to the Cukrarna Gallery, borrowing from the ancient Greek philosophers of the Peripatetic School the idea of developing thought in movement. Still, we will center on human walking, considered in anthropology a specific body technique, and in particular on selected examples of walking performances – performative events conceived by their protagonists as a walk for themselves (the performers) or the spectators, who have thus become co-performers and co-participants. Suppose the weather is fine and we keep safe from technical challenges. In that case, we will also look at some static or moving visuals of the selected walking performances to better understand how and where they were performed. Surprises along the way, which will take about an hour, are not excluded. However, the lecturer – this time in the role of a peripatetic guide through Ljubljana’s squares and streets – will make sure they are enjoyable.

Aldo MILOHNIĆ, PhD (SI) is an associate professor at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television at the University of Ljubljana, where he teaches the history of theatre, and the author of Teorije sodobnega gledališča in performansa ( (2009), Umetnost v času vladavine prava in kapitala (2016) and Gledališče upora (2021).