Walking 310 Miles in Her Shoes

August 7, 2008

By Mike Landry

If walking a mile in someone’s shoes really builds understanding, participants in Eryn Foster’s latest project are about to get a compassion overload. For the second project in her New Canadian Pilgrimages, interdisciplinary artist Eryn Foster is currently walking the perimeter of PEI.

Unlike the first NCP experiment last year, walking from Halifax to Sackville, New Brunswick, Foster has made this walk interactive. Visitors to Sackville, New Brunswick’s Struts Gallery can experience the walk with the Virtual Pilgrimage Machine—a treadmill set up with a telephone and headset set to call Foster on her cell phone. There will also be a large map on the wall for visitors to flag the distance they walked with Foster.

“It’s partially a little experiment in the actual and virtual experience,” says Foster. “It is a play on the idea of communication and how you can connect with someone… physically you’re separated while at the same time doing the same thing.”

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