Hosts: Paul Hurley & Caleb Parkin
Venue: Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, LS9 7EH
Dates & Times: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 11am & 2pm (Duration 1.5 – 2hrs, age group 16+).
The CycloGeographic workshops are open to individuals have a basic level of cycling and their own bike. Groups of up to four people will be led on cycle explorations of Leeds, loosely inspired by the artistic ideas of the Romantics or the Situationists.
The Romantics enjoyed landscape, nature, connection between the outside world and the inner emotions, and were drawn to the sublime and the beautiful. The Situationists enjoyed cities and dérives (aimless ‘drifts’ through the city), were highly critical of the ‘spectacle’ of modern consumerism, and saw the experience of geographical situations as both political and aesthetic.
CycloGeographic uses some of the ideas of the Romantics and Situationists to stimulate creative experiences as we cycle the city. They might be poetry prompts, cues to take photographs, tasks like finding the heart of the city, or its sites of beauty and despair.
Stopping as we go along, we’ll document these using camera phones, Twitter and handwritten messages. Hopefully, none of us will look at the city in the same way again!