The Walk Exchange’s Walk Study Training Course (WSTC) is a six week walking seminar that puts active participation at the centre of a cross-disciplinary pedagogical approach.
The Walk Study Training Course (WSTC) is a 6-week educational project developed by the New York City based Walk Exchange. WSTC explores critical, fictional, sound and spatial materials through a weekly group walk. WSTC approaches walking as both the subject and method of inquiry. It addresses a wide range of ideas through the common activity of walking. Previous courses have investigated: walking as an artistic practice; walking as a mode of storytelling; walking and spatial relationships; walking and autonomy/mobility; and walking as a point of Exchange. Authors ranging from Edmund Husserl to Diana Taylor, and artists such as Hamish Fulton, Deirdre Heddon, and Doung Jahangeer have all been covered during the course.
The pedagogical philosophy for the Walk Exchange is based in embodied notions of knowledge production, and a non-hierarchical approach that focuses on participants as equal partners in the learning experience. Our walking discussions are informed by individual encounters with case studies during the week, and facilitated group exercises developed in collaboration with course participants. For Walk Study Training Course 5 we introduced a new distance participation component, opening up the course to international practitioners.
WSTC is for walking enthusiasts: urban planners, community organizers, geographers, poets, artists, athletes, and others. The course is free, however, we do ask participants to participate in all the walks and engage with course materials. WSTC 6 will take place Fall 2015. More details are forthcoming soon!
The Walk Exchange-
The Walk Exchange is an interdisciplinary group of geographers, artists, and archivists. We develop educational and creative walks that are free and open to the public. We emphasize the body as a way to produce and transmit knowledge. Since 2010, The Walk Exchange has led an annual training course, hosted an informal monthly walk series, and partnered with organizations to conduct workshops and site-specific projects. We walk to learn about spaces, ideas, and each other.