Gorida has not been climbing much lately, but I do spend my time walking around this beautiful city.
… and out onto the cyberroad.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the middle way between fixed and flexible, our wishes and our real situation. This week is all about a new look on Gorida, using our heads and our cyberfeet. We’ve changed from Page’s template to a new and simple blue one. So, we’ve survived major obstacle with codes and CSS, and can stand on our cyberfeet again, maybe even continue walking (at least for a while). Apropo walking, Tomas Espedal is willing to participate in our documentary ‘photopedal in Norway’. We want him to tell us more about the art of walking and how to write about it. He made his debut in 1988, and has been writing short prose and novels since. In 2006 he published the book ‘Walk’ or ‘the art of living wild and poetic life’:
“The walker has neither protection nor home, he travels without haste or fixed destination, he walks to be closer to the things he comes across on his travels. He aims to live the wild and poetic life. He follows his own routes, but also takes detours in the footsteps of the famous literary wanderers: Rousseau, Wordsworth, Holderlin and Rimbaud. He reads the poets and the philosophers in quest to teach himself the art of walking.”
I always loved Cinderella story because of the fact that she run away, but also because of the tap – tap sound that my mom made every time she read it to me while mentioning Cinderella’s shoes. When someone says freedom, I instantly reply shoes. Everything can be solved by walking. Solvitur ambulando. To think about shoes means to admire people who dare to expand their horizons. ‘Oh, my darling shoes and my beloved feet’, as Erica Jong would probably put it down. I strongly believe in my shoes and my feet because ‘my feet is my only carriage’. Don’t get me wrong, I neither have feet or shoes fetish, only an unexplainable and mysterious urge to walk ’cause walking means to be alive. My grandmother used to say that she always had two doctors that could tell her everything she wanted to know about her health condition, namely her left foot and her right foot. And her medications were strong robust shoes because, as she used to say: ‘every sickness comes from your feet’.
A few evenings ago Gorida sat and talked about things from our childhood. I mentioned my great punk – shoes made by Borovo. They don’t produce them anymore. Goran, on his side, could tell how he was convinced that he had suffered terrible emotional trauma at a young age when his mother one day came home with a new pair of ‘lovely shoes with great comfort’ (mother’s words), namely kickers - shoes. A very first look at these ‘brownish and truly ugly Kickers’ (Goran’s words), created an explosion in his head because he was thinking about tomorrow’s day and bullying at school. Looking at him today, I can see that his trauma still feels very strongly many years later :). Anyway, inspired by our chit – chatt about shoes, Gorida decided to start ::addYOURshoes:: - project from today on. The only thing you need to do is to go to our jumpcut – website or to the button “remix” in the window below this post, and add a picture of your shoes. If you do so, you will actually make one great contribution to an experiment on/ in vagabondism. To say it with NIKE’s logo: ‘Just Do it.”