WHY WE RUN

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Since the ideas for Speed of Light first emerged, we have been thinking about how we might explore the wider culture of running (and in particular endurance or longer distance) to try and answer some basic questions around why we run.

Join NVA’s Creative Director Angus Farquhar and fellow runner Hayden Lorimer on an outing to hear their thoughts in the film on the left by Annie Griffin, Pirate Productions.

We’ll be entering the world of selected runners – following them as they take to the hill in a seamless display of choreographed mass movement. Psychological and physiological portraits will be presented on the website throughout the run.

We invited a group of prominent thinkers to ponder the value of an experimental investigation of running. These include a science festival director, a professor of biochemistry, a general practice doctor, a psychotherapist, a social geographer, a psychologist and an art curator who met initially to discuss the scope of the work. The resulting conversations – and disagreements – were illuminating, teaching us that the worlds of science and art do not always easily come together! You can read a summary of that discussion here. We’ll be sharing the debate with you as we progress.

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