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I am Cathy Turner, a researcher and walking artist.

I am an Associate Professor in Drama at the University of Exeter, and one of four artist-researchers in Wrights & Sites, an artists’ organization based in South West England.

My most recent research led to my book, Dramaturgy and Architecture: Theatre, Utopia and the Built Environment, Palgrave, 2015.

My current interests are in Indian performance art in public space* and  gardens for/as/in performance. These represent two projects, largely separate, both of which I am just beginning.

I’m also pro-EU, pro-Corbyn (or at least the policies he stands for), and against the privatisation of public space. These things exercising me greatly right now.

Previous research has included a collaboration with Synne Behrndt in researching contemporary dramaturgy as profession and concept, with a focus on the UK. Our book, Dramaturgy and Performance, came out in a revised edition with Palgrave in 2016.

Wrights & Sites’ work includes a series of ‘Mis-Guides’, which propose ways of walking** that make places strange to us. Our book for the ‘architect-walker’ is due out in 2017.

*We can argue about whether there is such a thing, of course.
**’Walking’ is here understood to include other ways of getting about, including wheelchairs, pushchairs, crawling, or whatever is accessible.

Wrights & Sites launch ‘The Architect-Walker: A Mis-Guide’

We will be launching our new ‘Mis-Guide’, in which we think about the ways in which walking contributes to architecture and architectural thinking, re-making the world while exploring it. The event will be at the Boston Tea Party, Exeter, May 28th. Four walks kick it off, during the afternoon. Mine is at 3 pm, and we will be taking a rest at frequent intervals (although be advised that this does not guarantee a restful or comfortable stop).We’ll be thinking about how we rest in the city, what we rest or seek a break from, who is allowed to rest where, and how we create, or might create restful spaces.

In the evening, there will be talks from us and from guest Jen Bagelman (University of Exeter, Geography), with an exhibition of photographs from Stuart Crewes, who designed the book, and with sounds from Tony Whitehead. 

More information and booking here.