[Nigel] IS A MULTI-MEDIA ARTIST. I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS COUSIN since, I suppose, the late eighties, when he built a bonfire at his mother's that I've always assumed was in honor of my visit. Since then he's moved to Cornwall, married, continued to record music (he was using things like synthesizers before I knew how to spell the word), and taken up rambling through the countryside. Or perhaps I should say he perambulates. "Rambling" is too casual a word for his excursions. I'll get back to those excursions of his.One walking method is called drive. It's a way of walking downtown that lets you re-envision your relationship with urban spaces. Cities are built in ways that shuffie people in predetermined directions, sort of like sending cattle down a chute. If you've ever driven away from downtown after Thunder over Louisville, you may appreciate that kind of shuffling. A concern, though, is that the design of cities is inherently a method of control and/or of herding us into places where we can shop. As a result, we are less than free. Cousin Nigel says that drive is a way of "subverting the commodified image of the city." How does it work? Well, you might use a map of Lexington to find your way around Louisville. Why? Because you can see possibilities in the city that you won't see under ordinary circumstances.
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