Color Walking

The article “Color Walking” was written by Phia Bennin and Brenden McCullan. It’s a blog post that talks about two different authors walking through West New York City. The whole point of this color walk is to involuntarily force you to pay attention. According to “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces”, involuntary attention is something that “occurs when individuals are presented with stimuli that are inherently intriguing.” The color walk idea was first introduced by William Burroughs, who dreamed up a tool to inspire his students. And this idea was the color walk. The concept is pretty simple. Walk out the door, choose a color that catches your eye, and watch your surroundings get vivid as you follow the color from object to object. The authors decided to give it a try. The color they started off with was blue. They ran into a lady with a blue scarf. The lady felt that the blue scarf would look better on someone else. Next, they found a lady that was crossing one corner while they were mid-crosswalk headed the other way. She had blue nails that were chipped. They then saw a sign for the subway. The sign said “WEST” and had the number four on top. The sign had the letters A, C, and E. It’s safe to say that this was the West 4 train station, and that A, C, and E trains run through the station. They almost jumped on the subway, but got distracted by a basketball court. They noticed that some of the players and people watching had blue on. They then moved from blue to purple. They saw a lady with a purple shirt on. Not only was her shirt purple, but also her eyes. Her eyes were said to be sparking. They then spotted a lady with leggings that had the color purple in it. Finally, they changed the color to pink. It was a woman wearing a shirt that said “Legalize gay”. Lastly, they passed by a man with a pink object. I’m not quite sure what it was. At the end of the afternoon, the authors said all of the colors just hung in their mind. They said that they walked away seeing a world brimming over with colors. The authors suggested that if you wanted to do a color walk yourself, you should give yourself an hour of uninterrupted time. You should pick a color, or let a color pick you. They suggest that if you get lost, to pick another color. And if you get really lost, then that means that you’re on the right track. After examining this article, I then examined William Burroughs’ article. He basically introduced the same idea that the authors introduced. To choose a color, and then notice how the color starts to stand out as you go along. Burroughs said he was taking a color walk, and while he was doing it, memories of someone he knew back in Mexico. He feels that if he wouldn’t have done the color walk, this guy he knew in Mexico wouldn’t have even crossed his mind.

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