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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Walking backwards with Eryn Foster

Join the artist Sunday for a backwards jaunt across the city.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 2:53 PM


Work off Saturday’s donair belly on Sunday at the last Wander in the Yonder, artist Eryn Foster’s series of “walking-based art activities, lectures and performances.” This time, Foster, who is the city’s first artist-in-residence working out of Point Pleasant Park Lodge, is inviting everyone to walk backwards with her, from the park to the top of Citadel Hill. But don’t think of it as living in reverse: Foster has a forward-thinking agenda.


“I decided awhile ago I wanted to do a backwards walk,” she says. “Initially I was not sure why. But then I started thinking about it and Googling ‘backwards walking’ to see who does it and why...and I found this quote from someone who used it for physical therapy: ‘100 steps backwards equals 1,000 forwards,’ meaning there were great benefits, in terms of exercise, for someone walking backwards.”

Foster began thinking about how “the idea of progress is always this forward movement. I liked the absurdity of it, still walking in a forward direction, but your body is turned around and going in reverse. I see this walk as a kind of absurd gesture. It questions this idea of progress and how we’re always trying to get ahead and ‘moving forward,’ moving faster into the future.”

If you’re into going backward and having fun at a very social event, meet at the Point Pleasant Lodge at 1pm.


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