Go on a walk.


The point is to walk, not just think, talk, read or write about walking.


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Google the name of your town, city, or neighbourhood.

Notice where Google plants its pin.

Put down your phone and leave all maps behind. Walk to the pin. 


Go for a walk.

Walk about until you run into someone you know. 

Say hello.



Since the early 2000s there has been an increase in artists who are walking as an essential part of their artistic practice. Walking Networks identifies the unique attributes of walking to develop a definition for walking as an artistic medium. Drawing on historical sources such as the walks of the Romantic poets, Dadaists, and the Letterist and Situationist Internationals, it presents a practice based approach to walking focused on the radical memory of the medium.

Available as part of Rowman and Littlefield International’s Radical Cultural Studies Series, the book covers three contemporary organisations working to develop the artistic medium of walking—London’s Walking Artists Network, Scotland’s Walking Institute and New York City’s Walk Exchange. It is framed by five walking exercises, and invites the reader to create a memory palace for the medium of walking as a practical exploration of artistic walking practices.


Upcoming

24 November 2019 - 22 November 2020 ︎
52 Scores is a weekly walking project turning scrap into scores. Each score (instruction for walking) will be finished on Friday, made public Saturday, and walked on Sunday.

You can join at a distance from anywhere in the world, or in person if you’re near Northampton, UK. For more details e-mail blake@walkexchange.org.

To see this week’s score so far, check my story on Instagram.
22 - 29 March  2020 ︎
British Summer Time - Spring Edition


Join me for another series of sunrise walks considering the change of the clock. In the week leading up to the time change I will be walking from 15 minutes before sunrise until fifteen minutes after. 

Our first version had walkers from Ho Chi Minh to NYC and I am keen to connect walkers around the world through the universal experience of sunrise.

To participate just do a walk fro fifteen minutes before sunrise until fifteen minutes after, and let me know where and when you did it. I’ll be taking pictures at the start, middle and end of the walk, and I’d love to see yours as well. Email me at blake@walkexchange.org. You can also see this post from BST 2019 for more details on distance participation.

WALK WITH ME
blake@walkexchange.org


Blake Morris

Doctor of Walking


In 2006 I walked away from theatre.

I was concerned about capitalism.
I was concerned about participation.
I was concerned about climate change.
I was concerned about sustainability.
I was concerned about spending my days locked in a dark room.

Walking was a way to enter the world.

As I walked I realised I wasn’t alone. Networks of walkers with concerns similar to mine were emerging. In Huntly and Helsinki, London and New York City, artists were walking, talking and thinking together. A medium was being developed. Since 2009 I have been dedicated to making art works that can only be experienced as a walk. No matter the content, the medium is constant: the walk is the work of art.

A walk of art is an invitation to move through the world with an artist’s design. So I invite you to walk. No matter the distance we can walk together, just get in touch.

Blake Morris is a walking artist and researcher based in the United Kingdom. Find him on Twitter and Instagram.