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Transiting with the environment: an exploration of traveller’s reorientations as creative and collaborative practice

Barry, Kaya 2013, Transiting with the environment: an exploration of traveller’s reorientations as creative and collaborative practice, Karlsruhe, Germany, 24-25 Oct. 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany, Karlshochschule International University.

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Title Transiting with the environment: an exploration of traveller’s reorientations as creative and collaborative practice
Creator(s) Barry, Kaya
Conference, exhibition or event name Touring Consumption International Conference (2013 : Karlsruhe, Germany)
Conference, exhibition or event location Karlsruhe, Germany
Conference, exhibition or event dates 24-25 Oct. 2013
Publication date 2013
Description of resource 2 days
Publisher Karlshochschule International University
Place of publication Karlsruhe, Germany
Keyword(s) tourism
Summary Travellers undertake a process of reorientation and realignment that is particular to each destination. This process intensifies when travelling long distances across borders, cultures and climates, as travellers utilise performative, embodied and creative methods that respond to each new environment. Certain destinations, such as those with unique and extreme natural environments, induce a socio-cultural imaginary that primes travellers for what kind of experience they might have. Large, immersive landscapes and climates congeal with expectations of what each destination requires in order to navigate through it. Common bearings of distance and scale are skewed, as travellers are positioned within areas of vastness. In these moments immersive experiences contrast with daily processes, such as the act of packing a bag, as this heightened sensory awareness exacerbates the subtle material and spatial negotiations. Utilising interviews and photographic documentation of travellers to Iceland and Nepal, this paper develops the proposal that certain destinations intensify our attunement to these moments of reorientation, facilitating situated and creative methods.

As recent developments in the fields of mobilities and tourism draws attention to material interactions during travel, and current ‘new materialism’ movements in theory and practice reveal alternative affective methods of engagement, an exploration of interactions with/in immersive sites is needed in order to evaluate the potential that these kinds of transitions offer everyday experiences of movement. Nigel Thrift’s proposition of Non-Representational Theory provides clarity on the ways in which spatial awareness influences such transitions and environmental experiences. Using his acknowledgement of a more ontologically driven responsiveness to space, this permits a shift away from the presupposed containment of spaces as isolated destinations, toward a relational spatiality that encompasses all actors – including environments – as vital elements in the generative processes of situating our movements.

Creative strategies that afford sensory, aesthetic and embodied performances provide ways to examine these experiences, providing a multitude of possibilities as individual experiences shift towards collective and collaborative performances, as we are immersed within a range of human and non-human actors. This paper explores the transition away from ‘consuming’ environments, and advocates for the need to turn towards a situated collaboration with environments, propelling an awareness of sustainable and creative travel practices. An understanding of affirmative differences is required within travel cultures, rather than expressing transitions as confined within the ‘home’ versus ‘away’ dichotomy that lingers from elite western travel narratives. In order to undertake the many movements required, this paper draws on the theoretical approaches of sustainable nomadism as described by Rosi Braidotti to highlight the linkages of environmental and bodily experiences.

Through multidisciplinary literature, interviews and personal reflections, this paper proposes that certain destinations amplify processes of alignment with the environment, developing affective, embodied and situated experiences that overcome the human/non-human divide.
Language eng
Field of Research 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
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Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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Created: Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 01:33:00 EST by Kaya Tatjana Barry

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