As part of SPECTRA 2016 Aberdeen's Festival of Light, the University of Aberdeen will be holding two night walks exploring Aberdeen's History. Also included in the programme will be talks from Light Artist Jim Buchanan, who is presenting his piece Labyrinths of Light during the festival.
University of Aberdeen Night Walks
Over the past years, researchers at the University of Aberdeen have cultivated a tradition and following for walks around the city. These are not traditional historical trail walks, but involve multi-sensory experiences, performance and participation, and health and fitness tracking.
Night Walk 1: TrackAberdeen: Touring George Washington Wilson’s City Today
Thursday 11th February, 6.00-7.30pmLocation (start): Seventeen 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JRPrice: Free BOOK HERE
This tour will let people explore Victorian photographer George Washington Wilson’s Aberdeen - by darkness.
Find your way to different locations photographed by Wilson where you will discover the history and previous appearances of the buildings he photographed by daylight, comparing and contrasting yours taken by night.
We encourage participants to track their tour using their own wearable devices and smartphone apps (step counters, GPS, calories used) to upload their data alongside their photographs against the #GWWnightwalks16
Tour Guide Heather Morgan is a social scientist and health services researcher with interests in human/tracking-technologies interactions.
She predominantly uses qualitative methodologies and current work concerns digital health devices ('wearables') and smartphone apps used within and outside the health service.
A founding Trustee of ODI Aberdeen / CodeTheCity, Andrew Sage is an amateur photographer who has had several exhibitions of his work.
Night Walk 2: Light Walk
Friday 12th February, 5.30-6.30pmLocation (start): Seventeen 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JRPrice: Free BOOK HERE
Please bring a digital camera/mobile phone camera if you have one.
This walk will be the first evening walk of its kind, involving stops at sites relevant to the history and tradition of research into light, electromagnetic radiation, and photography. Participants will learn about the tradition of research into light in the city that dates back centuries and scientific advancements as a result of that research.
Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in performative events, such as flash mobs in the context of the walk, track their movement through the use of pedometers, discuss and interpret the light installations around the city, and explore the multi-sensory experience of an evening walk, in the absence of daylight.
Please wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. As part of the walk you will be invited to take part in some participatory performances.
Join Amy Bryzgel and Chris Croly of the University of Aberdeen in an interactive walk around the city centre highlighting sites connected to research and discoveries relevant to light and illumination in its broadest sense, including the work of James Clerk Maxwell.
Discuss light installations and track your steps.
Night Walk 3: Walking Between Light & Shadow by Jim Buchanan
Friday 12th February, 7.30-8.30pm and Saturday 13th February, 7.30-8.30pm Location (start): Seventeen 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JR Price: Free BOOK HERE
An opportunity to meet labyrinth artist Jim Buchanan.
We will gather at Seventeen at 19.30hrs for a short discussion on contemporary labyrinth applications. Aberdeen poet Petra Vergunst will read recent work reflecting on the subjects of pilgrimage and labyrinths, before we walk across to St.Nicholas Kirk to explore the installations. The artist will be available for further discussion and questions afterwards.
Gather at : 19.30-20.00 hrs : 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JR
Walk with the artist : 20.00-20.30hrs : St Nicholas Kirk