Walking Neighbourhoods hosted by Children (15289)
To challenge social trends of increased protection of children in public spaces, the social practice arts project The Walking Neighbourhood hosted by Children renegotiates child agency in public spaces by inviting primary school aged children to curate and lead adult audience on walks of local neighbourhoods. Through walking as an arts practice and research methodology, researchers, artists, child hosts, and adult audience members co-interpret knowledge gained through lived relational experiences of exploratory walks of local neighbourhoods. Walking as a sensory and embodied relational experience enables whole body perception and circumambulatory knowing (Ingold, 2011) and a way of becoming a “citizen” that involves negotiation and regard for the Other (Springgay, 2011). The principles for sensory ethnography (perception, place, knowing, memory and imagination) outlined by Pink (2009) offer a useful frame for sensory observation, documenting and storying the children’s walks from multiple intersecting perspectives (different generations, different cultural lenses, different senses). Narratives from child-led walks performed in Brisbane and Chiang Mai will be shared making visible children’s neighbourhood perceptions, knowledge, imaginings, memories and connections along with how the child-led walks offer potential for intergenerational and intercultural civic engagement and learning and divergent perceptions of children and public spaces.
- Ingold, T. (2011). Being alive: Essays on movement, knowledge and description. Abingdon, OX: Routledge.
- Pink, S. (2009). Doing sensory ethnography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Springgay, S. (2011). "The Chinatown foray" as sensational pedagogy. Curriculum Inquiry, 41(5), 636-656.