Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Haiku-Hike
Tomomi Iguchi
An interactive community project at London Olympic Development Site

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from May – October 2006

Haiku is one of the Zen art practices, it is a Japanese short poem (composed of three sentences) that expressed our personal feeling and exposes our state of mind through the seasonal words from the daily life and nature. Haiku has humour and there is a delight in word play.

The Haiku – Hike is the contemporary Haiku poem project for the participation of the local community in east London. The environmental community in Japan will be invited to participate via the website. The walk will take place from Bow to London Olympic Development site past Three Mills and back to Bromley-by-Bow in East London. The records, images and ideas will then be selected for a community art project as a part of Renewability Exhibition at Mile End Park in October 2006. This activity is designed to inspire and stimulate feelings about the surrounding and constantly changing local environment.

We will use digitalised 3G mobile phone as a tool, which is the fast developing, popular personal communication technology for everyday life at present. This small and handy personal device is able to capture peoples feeling, to enable us to share our experience directly with the wide audience. It will provide immediate access to a digital facility as the creative documentation by transferring, optimizing, linking up between the physical and virtual environment. Instead of writing, drawing by analogue tool (pen and brush) such as people did in the past, participants from local community will have the opportunity to express their feelings to interact with the viewers from other partnership organizations through website

Local artists who have already experienced mobile culture and Haiku poet Paul Conneally will create a Haiku project program by immediately capturing participant’s information as they walk with local residents in the East End of London. The Haiku-Hike will then reach a much wider audience virtually via website interaction.

Haiku-Hike will enable local people to understand and their community record the changes and transitions both physically and environmentally but also inform a world wide audience via website of new developments in our neighbourhood for the impact of the London Olympic games and their legacy via communication technology.

Haiku-Hike is being developed in partnership with local environmental organizations and leading educational institutions. We will also work closely with the Environment Trust to organise and plan routes for other Haiku-Hikes in the East End of London throughout the year, which will capture changes reflecting the different seasons through out the year.
Tomomi Iguchi
May 2006
We also invite you to send in haiku, video, images from your walks anywhere in the world. We'll show them at this site. Send them to - put 'haiku hike' in the subject line.


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