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 February 2021 ︎

I will be a discussant for Wilding Places Through Walking (and not walking), part of the Livingmaps Frontline Backyards Webinar series. Chaired by Clare Qualmann, the event features Alec Finlay, Dee Heddon, Misha Myers and Morag Rose.

February 24th 2021, 18:00-20:00 GMT

Tickets are available at www.walkingwild.eventbrite.co.uk

14 March - 28 March 2021 ︎

Despite my relocation to America, British Summer Time continues. Join me for the 4th series of sunrise walks leading up to the time change, both in the United States and in Europe. 

Walks take place from 15 minutes before sunrise until fifteen minutes after, wherever you are. More details soon.
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. Find him on Twitter and Instagram.