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About the Grant

$22,500 to support The Walking Project (MAP 2005), a performance, mapping and cultural exchange project that explores “desire lines” or paths made by people who walk across fields in South Africa and across vacant lots in Detroit – and what connects them.

About the Project

Walk & Squawk’s The Walking Project is a cross-disciplinary performance, mapping and cultural exchange project collaboratively developed with US and South Africa-based artists and community partners during a series of residencies in Detroit and KwaZulu-Natal from 2003 through 2006.

The project explores ‘desire lines’ or paths made by people who walk across fields in South Africa and across vacant lots in Detroit – and what connects them. It explores how these paths are formed through culture, geography, language, economics and love, as well as how people make their own paths; how and why people’s paths cross; and how changing patterns of movement alter perceptions, attitudes and lives.

Following its premiere, The Walking Project will return to South Africa for the 2006 Grahamstown Festival.
From Walk and Squawk's <EM>The Walking Project.</EM>
From Walk and Squawk's The Walking Project.

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