Oval, London. As it is, was, and reimagined.
This is not a Slog consisted of three walking installations. Free and open to the public, the walks were designed to be experienced alone or with companions.
Through workshops and public sharings the team developed three self-guided walks, unified by stories of mystery, mutiny, music and memory:
Near the cricket stadium, 70-year-old Derek has recently passed. His files remain, bursting with his secrets, obsessions and songs.
Workhouse girl N.S has nothing, not even a name…she combs the grounds of St Mark's church for flotsam and jetsam to build a nest.
Bonnington Square enmeshes an invisible future where memory is externalised. Here, memorial mutineer Saskia recovers her capacity to remember.
Lead Artist: Blake Morris
Writer: Nessah Muthy
Design: Cécile Trémolières
Creative Producer: Carissa Hope Lynch
Blake Morris is a London based walking artist. He is founding member of the New York City based Walk Exchange, and has created walks independently and for galleries such as Bogart Salon (Brooklyn) and Superfront Gallery (Brooklyn, Detroit, Los Angeles). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of East London through research on Group Walking as a New Artistic Medium.
Carissa Hope Lynch works across conventional new writing, larger than life outdoor shows, and intimate live art as a dramaturg and creative producer. She has worked as the Deputy Literary Manager for the Royal Court Theatre and as the New Works Officer for Graeae. Carissa is currently an associate artist with Ovalhouse with the intention to evolve her non-text-based practice.
Nessah Muthy graduated with a First Class honours degree in Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama and also holds an MPhil (B) in Playwriting Studies from the University of Birmingham. Nessah is currently under commission to Old Vic New Voices - TS Eliot Commissions and is a writer-on-attachment to HighTide for the Escalator Plays scheme. Most recently Nessah co-devised and wrote: Gastronauts, a theatre adventure with food, for the Royal Court Theatre.
Born in Paris, Cécile Trémolières initially spent three years at the Sorbonne University reading modern literature, before studying stage design at Wimbledon College of Art. Cécile was a finalist of the Linbury Prize 2013, and awarded the Royal Opera House Linbury bursary (2015). Currently in the pipeline: work with freelance directors Tom Hughes and Ilinca Radulian and companies like Impermanence Dance Theatre, fanSHEN, Invertigo Theatre and Opera South.
This series of walks was made possible with support from Ovalhouse and the Arts Council England.