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

1-3 November 2019 ︎
Debbie Kent and I will be presenting ‘These Roads Aren’t Made for Walking: Blake and Debbie play the A-Game’ at the University of Plymouth’s Walking’s New Movements conference, organised by Hellen Billinghurst, Claire Hind and Phil Smith.

26 December 2019 ︎
The Former Fresnan’s not-quite annual Boxing Day Tour returns for a third round. Check my interview with Donald Munro from 2015 for a refresher! Or for a more in-depth perspective, see my article in Livingmaps Review. More details TBA.
16 January 2020 ︎
I am editing a special issue of Streetnotes with Claudia Brazzale, focused on Walking in the Digital City. Streetnotes is apeer-reviewed biannual journal for the interdisciplinary study of the city, its lifeways and social relations, with a special concern for the cultural and aesthetic forms that arise through its traffic. We are looking for submissions, including creative responses, artists pages, walking scores, academic articles, and other forms, that address the relationship between urban walking and digital tools. 

Deadline 16 Jan. 2020. Find the full CFP here.

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.