During a walk guided by binaural sound recordings, we encounter a variety of female perspectives on daily-life in cities. The walk is a compilation of very different situations from very different places. While quietly walking the streets of the town they’re in, participants will experience emancipatory practices and spaces together with different narrative characters that guide them. Narrated spaces and the physical environment blend into each other. What can we learn from each other no matter the distance that separates us? Recorded spaces resonate in the real space. What would that be like if we’d use the same practices right here?

The audiowalks collect perspectives that are often times invisible, inaudible, and not payed attention to in city planning. Topics addressed include access/exclusion to/from spaces, culture of remembrance in public space, autonomous spaces, and urban economies.

F_Walks is organised by the collective fem_arc.

Against the backdrop of a growing debate about gender we as emerging architects see ourselves obliged to contribute. Architecture is still male-dominated. Gender inequality – especially in higher positions – not just in architecture schools but in events, exhibitions, awards, is remarkable. We are fem_arc collective, a group of six women that have set out on collaboratively forming a practice, positioning ourselves in the broader field of architecture, or, more precisely, setting up a critical spatial practice. Our first enterprise was the F_TALKS lecture and conversation series in summer 2018.

None of us are fully trained architects in terms of the discipline’s regulations nor are we experienced feminists on a theoretical level. We are, however, very interested in the spatial politics of bodies. We find ourselves at a point where we deeply question the structural boundaries of the discipline historically set by men, and with this the educational concepts of architecture schools. Acknowledging the problematic state of contemporary architectural practice in terms of unquestioned gender identities and not quite diverse office structures, we want to employ the gender discourse, form alliances and aim at provoking an ongoing dialogue about the future of feminist practice in art and architecture.

There are many ways of spatial expression and we set out to find our own. However, for us architectural or spatial practice can also be the refusal of actually building physical structures. We are in search for exit points, entry points and transversal thinking and making beyond our discipline.

Océane Réveillac, Amelie Schindler, Insa Streit, Lara Stöhlmacher, Lucía Gauchat Schulte, Aslı Varol, Ana Rodriguez Bisbicus