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Towards a Peripatetic Practice: negotiating journey through painting

CollectionsCollaboration across boundaries : a cross-disciplinary conference (2017)
Title: Towards a Peripatetic Practice: negotiating journey through painting
Author(s): Glikson, Michal
Date published: 2017
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : NECTAR, The Australian National University
"Towards a peripatetic practice: negotiating journey through painting" investigates painting as a way of comprehending lived experience of travel. Peripatetic practice was explored as a means of redirecting a personal experience of rootlessness towards connecting with others as was painting as a way of communicating the complexity of cross-cultural experience. And the function and form of peripatetic painting was examined, and documented through film and writing. The study acknowledged travel as an ancient way of knowing the world and took inspiration from the paradigm of the nomadic storyteller, exemplified in the Bengali tradition of Patuya Sangit (scroll performance). Sensing the capacity for painting to provide spaces of connection and empathy, the study explored a confluence of ideas about the evolving social role of the artist, drawing influences from historic and contemporary peripatetic creative practices. The project incorporated immersive methodological approaches borrowing from anthropology, situating the artist as observer, participant, and ultimately, agent. Such social, interactive dimensions made for painting as a means of knowing and questioning the nature of cross-cultural experience. Field work in Australia, India and Pakistan generated scroll paintings, documentary films, and sound compositions. Key research spaces for painting, the scrolls employ pencil, collage, watercolour, and oil, and a metaphoric fusion of styles and techniques of painting and drawing, notably Persian miniature and life portraiture. These paintings have been brought together with films and sound compositions to create the "Australindopak Archive", an interactive multimedia journey, accessible at


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