02 April 2006

'A Mis-Guide To Anywhere' launch

A Mis-Guide To Anywhere will be launched at London's ICA on Saturday 8th April. Mindful of at least a few of the ironies, impossibilities, contradictions and perils present in its title, A Mis-Guide To Anywhere provides a number of provocations for reader-walkers to make their own exploratory journeys in whatever environment they choose: metropolis, home town, countryside, holiday destination... anywhere.

Three years in the making, and referencing walks undertaken in Shanghai, rural Zambia, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Manchester, Paris, the island of Herm, etc., A Mis-Guide To Anywhere provides an inspiration for destination-less travels, strategies for seeing the world in new ways through disrupted walking.

The launch at the ICA on 8th April is accompanied by '4 Mis-Guided Tours', led by the four members of Wrights & Sites. Each walk will last about 90 minutes, and will start and finish in the foyer of the ICA.

12.30pm - 'The problem of shopping'
Rearrange the dreams on sale by reading stories in window displays, sight-seeing shop assistants, shopping for a fictional 'you' or exploring shopping nostalgia.

12.45pm - 'Out of place'
A walk of coincidences, derived from overlaying a map of Paris onto London. What's where the Eiffel Tower should be? Where can we stop for a un Ricard?...

1.00pm - 'Scales'
In a park or open city space: walk the dimensions of a paving stone; walk the dimensions of your dwelling place; walk the dimensions of your body...

1.15pm - 'Masses'
A drift in search of spaces where the trivia becomes monumental and the monumental becomes cake decoration. A chance to give homage to the trinkets and fondle butchers in bronze.

For more information, please visit the ICA website.


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