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. Available as part of Rowman and Littlefield International’s Radical Cultural Studies Series, Walking Networks: The Development of an Artistic Medium covers three contemporary organisations that have contributed to the development of the artistic medium of walking—London’s Walking Artists Network, Scotland’s Walking Institute and New York City’s Walk Exchange. Framed by five walking exercises, the book invites the reader to participate in a practical exploration of artistic walking practices through the creation a memory palace for the medium of walking art.

“Blake Morris’s book is a wonderful introduction to the walking practices that have emerged in the last decade. [ . . . ]  Walking Networks presents an inspiring vision; the challenge now, in the face of disembodiment and intensifying digital commodification, is for future walking to sustain, enhance, share and transfigure it.” - Phil Smith (Mythogeography)

Upcoming

11 March - 26 March 2023 ︎


British Summer Time - Season 8

British Summer Time is a series of short sunrise walks in consideration of the time change. Starting the day before the clocks switch to Daylight Savings Time in the United States, until the day the United Kingdom swithces to British Summer Time, I will walk from 15 minutes before sunrise until 15 minutes after. You are invited to join me from anywhere in the world. Over seven seasons, walkers from across Europe and the Americas have joined me to explore the dawn.

Date: 11 March - 26 March 2023
Time: From 15 minutes before sunrise until fifteen minutes after.
Location: Wherever you are.
Share: email your results to blakemwalks@gmail.com and/or share on social media using #BritishSummerTime #SunriseWalks #WalkingArtistsNetwork
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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 how far apart we are, 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. He is an editor for LivingMaps Review. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram