The Walking Reading Group at The Showroom London JULY 2013

Wed 10 July 2013 6.00 – 9:00 pm. The Showroom. London


This walk formed part of Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum’s re-projecting (london) commission at The Showroom. Throughout July 2013 he collaborated with the gallery and external agents to deliver nine projects and this walk was one of the commissioned pieces.

The reading for this walk related to Basbaum’s practice and included texts by Ricardo Basbaum, Pablo Lafuente, Jacques Rancière and Paulo Freire. The walk’s trajectory was determined through the application of the NBP (New Basis for Personality) onto the map of the area; NBP is an abstract shape, which has informed Basbaum’s projects.

We walked a circular route from The Showroom, heading south to Edgware Road and the outskirts of Paddington, continuing west towards Warrick Avenue and then northwards towards Maida Vale and St John’s Woods when we turned south again and continued along Lisson Grove. Throughout this walk, we discussed models of pedagogy, freedom and suppression, and the role and manifestations of participation in art practice. We finished with a drink at the Brazen Head pub.

Basbaum, R.  ‘Differences between us and them’, last accessed: 12/06/13

Lafuente, P. 2011, ‘Ricardo Basbaum, Or That Elusive Object of Emancipation’ in Afterall, 28, 2011

Rancière, J. 1991, ‘An Intellectual Adventure’ in The Ignorant Schoolmaster. Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation, Stanford University Press, Stanford California, pp 1-17

Freire, P. 1973, ‘Education as the Practice of Freedom (Society in Transition)’ in Education for Critical Consciousness, The Seabury Press, New York, pp 3-20