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

23 June 2021 ︎


Walking Bodies Book Launch

Date: 23 June 2021
Time: 14:30-16:30 EDT
Location: Online
Cost:
Free
RSVP: Eventbrite

I will be discussing “Walking and the Art of Invitation” at the upcoming Walking Bodies book launch. The book features scores, provocations and writings from the 'Walking's New Movements’ conference in Plymouth, UK (2019). Ishita Jain, Morag Rose and Jody Oberfelder will also be talking, and there are walking scores you can try out before and during the launch.

21 June - 20 September 2021 ︎


52 More, Score #1

Date: Summer Walk: before 20 September 2021.
Time: Any time of Day
Location: Anywhere in the world
Cost: Free
Join: e-mail blakemwalks@gmail.com

For the first score of 52 More Kaitlyn Van Aalsburg, has created a series of 4 walks. Her score points us towards the experience of walking (and not walking) in the landscape, ‘prompted, in part, by the scale - the duration’. We will be repeating the score each season - and invite you to join us!

You can find more details at the project blog.
Ongoing ︎


52 More (2021-ongoing)

Date: Ongoing
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere
Cost:
Free
Join: e-mail blakemwalks@gmail.com

Would you like a kit to make a walking score? After I finished 52 Scores I was left with a pile of words I considered, but didn’t use. Now I’d like to invite you to use them with me as part of 52 More.

If you’d like to participate, e-mail me with your postal address and I will send you a walking score kit in the mail. Each score takes one week to build. Once you’ve made the score, we can make a plan to walk it together. There are currently twenty score kits still available. For already completed scores and details about past walks, see the Project Blog.

29 June 2021 - 22 February 2022 ︎


52 More, Score #10

Date: The last Tuesday of every month from June 2021 to February 2022
Location: Wherever you are
Time: Anytime
Share: Use the #52More on social media to share your walk, or e-mail me with your results and I will add them to the ongoing blog (blakemwalks@gmail.com).

For Score 10 Roger Boyle and I will be doing a walk the last Tuesday of every month. Please join us as we investigate the passage of time and ‘find materials to make an old-fashioned archive’. 

WALK WITH ME
blakemwalks@gmail.com


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. He holds a PhD in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance from the University of East London. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.