#everydaypilgrimage is my current project where I document my solo daily walks on my instagram capturing the everyday, the unusual and beautiful in the landscape that surrounds me. A project that is an act of reconnection with the landscape I inhabit and celebrating the restriction of only encountering it once a day.
#everydaypilgrimage began at the beginning of lockdown as a way of creatively working with the restriction of one walk a day. The project takes place on my instagram @emmieannalderson and takes the form of a digital pilgrimage, fragmented poem and a living autobiography. I explore the daily walk as an act of pilgrimage, finding the beauty, the sacred in the mundane and examining the traces of lived experience that remain in Hope Valley, Derbyshire. It’s part of an ongoing interest of mine in place writing and how places perform memory, history and lived experience.
Emmie Alderson is a theatre maker and writer based in the Peak District. Her work is interested in investigating place to unearth the human histories that reside there and reassembling them into poetical experiences for audience members to encounter. Emmie’s practice is rooted in the approaches of walking, writing and archaeology. Throughout her work she continues to explore female histories, through intimate installations, one to one encounters and site-specific performance.
Emmie is about to embark on a practice as research PhD at The University of Salford exploring the creative potential of pilgrimage as performance and as a performance-making approach