Walking Home (Again) is a gallery based performance. It is an exhibition after a walk from a house I lived in in London to a house I was born in to in St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is a performance and an installation in the wake of my fathers death, and it is a performance about pilgrimage, loss and grief, it is about the distance between here and there, and the distance between me and you.
Walking Home (Again) is a solo-show by the artist, pedestrian and writer Bram Thomas Arnold. It is an exhibition of a number of outcomes of research following on from a journey Bram undertook in 2009, setting out to walk from his home at the time in Hackney, East London, back to the house he was born into near the town of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
A significant part of the exhibition is a performance entitled Fondue, which takes place during the run of the show within the gallery space. Fondue is a performance and a dinner party, it is 1kg of melted cheese and a side order of Bierre Picon that is woven through a series of stories that grew out of the path from London to St. Gallen. The performance is about finding the universal in the personal and the personal in the universal, narrating a sense of loss that is widely felt and desperately hidden in contemporary Western society. A 2 hour conversation about death and what it might mean for life as we live it, Walking Home (Again) and its integral performance is about creating a space that is warm, and stumbling and slightly awkward where together, audience, artist, individuals can come to terms with loss and losing, and ultimately finding hope, straining for the horizon and stepping beyond it.
The gallery space is an invitation to an exploration, dotted with numerous audio recordings, fragments and clues, it asks the viewer to look more closely at the work around them, and more closely at the world around them. Walking is the human way of getting about, our minds slow down; it is from this position that Walking Home (Again) has come into being. The exhibition also features newly commissioned music performed and recorded by artist Eleanor Wynne Davis.