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24 Apr 20241:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Walking” Book Launch Event

Walking Book Launch Event

1.00-7.00pm, 24 April 2024
Advanced Research Centre

Please check back for booking links – available shortly.

Consisting of three parts, this event is a collaboration between the Write of Spring programme from Research Culture & Researcher Development and Thinking Culture, celebrating the launch of Tom Jeffreys’s Walking (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2024).

1.00-2.00pm: Artist-led walk with Iman Tajik
This walk will be led by acclaimed artist Iman Tajik, whose writing is featured in the volume. Tajik will lead us on a walk around the University of Glasgow and surrounding campus that is based on his own creative practice, which focuses on the intersection between walking, activism and artmaking.

3.30-5.00pm: Walking as method – creative workshop
Details of this event are to follow. Please do look out for these in the coming weeks.

5.30-7.00pm: Walking Book Launch Panel Discussion with Q&A
This event, which launches Walking to a Scottish audience, will bring together creative practioners working across Scotland and beyond who have an interest in walking as a research methodology to discuss how walking can form the foundation of creative work, and research practice. We’ll discuss key issues in this field of practice, share insights from practical experience, and invite a Q&A from the audience.

About the Contributors

Tom Jeffreys is an independent writer and editor predominantly covering contemporary art and culture. He is particularly interested in work that engages with ecological concerns. Jeffreys is the author of two books: The White Birch: a Russian Reflection (Little, Brown, 2021) and Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on Foot (Influx Press, 2017). He is also the editor of Walking: Documents of Contemporary Art (Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2024). Jeffreys is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.

His writing has been published in magazines, newspapers and websites like Apollo, Artforum, Art Monthly, ArtReview, Country Walking, Cricinfo, Finnish Architectural Review, e-flux, Frieze, The Guardian, The Independent, Monocle, New Scientist and The World of Interiors. In 2013, Jeffreys founded The Learned Pig, an online magazine of art and the nonhuman. Tom frequently contributes to exhibition publications for museums and galleries including: Arts Territory, Cample Line, The Common Guild, Karsten Schubert, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Talbot Rice Gallery and University College London.

Jeffreys has significant experience helping cultural organisations with content and communications. Past and present clients include Agenda Communications, Art Walk Projects, Frame Finland, Glasgow International, Historic Environment Scotland, the Royal Academy of Arts, and Siobhan Davies Dance. He recently edited Meadow Arts: the first 20 years (2021) and Iman Tajik: Welcome to Portobello (2022).

Iman Tajik is an Iranian-Scottish multidisciplinary artist and photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. His work is anchored in a strong social interest and demonstrates an effort to make work that is a critical tool connected to international movements for social change. Tajik’s work addresses issues of contemporary conditions of life with a particular focus on migration and globalisation – thereby bridging the gap between art and activism, to create work as a form of socio-political currency, addressing power structures.

Tajik’s practice involves photography, film, sculpture, installations and performance. Through these various mediums, he ’performs the border’, This inspires by personal experiences of crossing geographical borders and socio-political barriers to insist on the right to freedom of movement. Tajik spotlights and stresses the need for resistance toward barriers and boundaries that are implemented socially and politically in favour of some but not all. A contribution towards bridging the divide between self and other is paramount toTajik’s practice.

Iman Tajik founded Who is? Project in collaboration with Jonas Jessen  Hansen in 2017.  Who Is? Project has been created as a space to open conversation surrounding the current migrant crisis and the rise of nationalism.


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