Date: 5 September 2013 Time: 12.00
Venue: Biology Lecture Theatre
Allyson is delivering a 'pecha kucha' poster session at the 'Global Conference on Mobility Futures', organised by the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (CeMoRe).
This session discusses the demonstration marches in Vienna that began after the elections of late 1999 and the subsequent inauguration of a coalition government with the extreme right 'Freedom Party of Austria' (FPÍ). The Thursday demonstrations were dubbed the Viennese 'Wandertage' (rambling days) and took place weekly for over four years. A constituent part of many social protest movements, demonstration marches (here, 'Viennese walks') are partly about visibility and solidarity and also about controlling urban traffic flow - bringing something to a standstill by a process of human movement. This very interplay of stillness and movement finds playful performance in the work of Frederick Baker, who projects images onto the backs of policemen during the marches or in the projections of Julia Zdarsky whose still images and ephemeral graffiti appear on the fašades of government buildings. The short presentation probes the particular, localised meaning of urban 'hiking' in this Alpine Republic and suggests ways in which 'Wandern' is exploited physically and semantically in turn-of-the-century political protest. The approach, then, focuses not on theoretical aspects of social movement and collective action but on the functioning of the demonstration walks as a form of cultural catalyst.
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: Allyson Fiddler
Associated projects: Resisting Haiderisation
Organising departments and research centres: Culture, Theory, Context, European Languages and Cultures
Keywords: Activism, Austria, Contemporary popular culture, Countercultures and spirituality, Film, Film studies, Mobilities, Poetry and place, Political practice, Political theatre