ANTON KATS

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Video. 13:08 min.

Contribution to the:
The Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Galleries
May, 2016
 

This film derives from the For a Walk With… project I have initiated in 2013 in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, and the Carlton Dene and Westmead Elderly Resource Centres in London. It is part of the series, Studies on a Road, in which groups who took part in the Edgware Road Project from 2008–2016, have shared their studies of the area and reflections on the stakes of the project.

For a Walk With… project is a proposition to work with residents of care homes experiencing dementia and with care workers in context of residential care. It uses the act of walking as a point of departure in order to address issues surrounding dementia, the politics of care, housing, redevelopment, city and memory. Continuing over the period of 3 and a half years until the publication launch in May 2016 this film departs from walking as a useful method to investigate and collaboratively respond to the site-specific problems in the everyday.

Drawing on diversity of walks and conversations inside and outside of the care homes the film points towards a positive acknowledgement of dementia in its alternative understanding of time, space and identity. Deriving from the walking activity as a dynamic reference for research the film becomes a learning and research coordinate. Complemented by the publication For a Walk With: Dementia in the City it stresses that contemporary understanding of redevelopment processes as a state of urban amnesia is obsolete. Instead it suggests dementia as a more appropriate way of reading the city. For a Walk With... emphasises enormous potential of dementia in providing a useful method to address diversity of states and processes such as living and aging in a city, from which we might not be able to walk away so easily.