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

25 January 2021 ︎


52 More, Score #10

Date: 25 January 2021
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’.
26 January 2021 ︎


New Directions in Radical Cartography Book Launch

Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Time: 18:00-20:00 (GMT); 1pm (EST)
Location: Online
Cost: £3 donation (please contact the organisers if you cannot cover the donation for a free link).
RSVP: Eventbrite link

New Directions in Radical Cartography, published in December by Rowman and Littlefield, explores the emergence of counter-mapping as a distinctive field of practice. It draws on original research, accounts of mapping projects and detailed readings of maps produced by members of the Livingmaps Network over the past five years as part of community action, urban ethnography, environmental activism, humanitarianism, and public engagement.

In this online event , the editors, Phil Cohen and Mike Duggan, will introduce the book and discuss some of the key issues of critical theory and radical practice which it addresses. These issues will be explored further in dialogue with a panel of discussants, including Tom Harper, Lead Curator of Antiquarian Mapping at the British Library, Linda Knight, author of ‘Inefficient Mapping’ and Erin Mc Elroy, from the Anti Eviction Mapping Group in San Francisco. Contributors to the book will also be taking part in the discussion.

21 December - 21 March 2022 ︎


52 More, Score #1

Winter Walk: before 21 March 2022
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’. Join us for our final walk, anytime before the end of Winter.
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.