racherm 5:57am, 11 May 2011
Kiaora, Hallo and Greetings.

My name is Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann, and I am a masters student at The Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. I am wondering if anyone might be able to help me with a work I am to create in Utrecht on May 28th.

I have been accepted into the Performance Studies International conference this year in Utrecht, to present a 'Shift' as part of the program of events.

This shift will involve myself and another performer walking approximately 27 km from Woerden to Universiteit Utrecht on the 28th of May, as we 're-perform' a walk done in July of last year here in Auckland. During that journey we used mobile technology to translate our experiences to an online and a cellular audience. We were focussing on the sensory and emotional experiences as a pedestrian walking through a large city, and wish to use a similar format for this 're-performance' in The Netherlands.

The walk will take place here:

We will meet at 9.30am at the beginning of the line in Woerden, and make our way along the Oude Rijn to Utrecht.

We are looking for people to join us in one of the following ways:

By walking part or all of the way with us, helping to 'perform' the landscape we walk through using cellphones and Facebook to record and translate our experiences.

By being a part of the online 'stage', which will be a Facebook event updated along the way, as an 'audience' member/participant.!/event.php?eid=212893312059215

In both modes we are inviting people to engage with a sense of how they engage with landscape and geography through physical, and through technological means. As a walker, people will need a cell phone connected to the Internet and have a Facebook account. If they don't want to walk the whole 27 km, they will be able to join the walk part of the way by using a free software application called CoMob, which enables people to track where they are in relation to others in real time using Google maps and GPS.

Participants will also engage with a sense of New Zealand landscape, as we transfer some of the archives of the first performance to this new version, and use text and images recorded from Auckland to create a performance that merges and blurs the boundaries between location and identity.

I am writing to this group, as my own practice takes a lot from video and photographic means of recording places.

I hope that some of you may be

Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann.
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