Score #1 by Kaitlyn Van Aalsburg

A postcard on an easel in a wooded landscape. The postcard depicts a hand holding a map. Pasted words on the postcard read:landscape through walking and imagining together. concerned literally with experiences not with theories  experience  the area increasing prompted, in part, by the ‘scale’ – the duration not walking merits mention what was formerly “exterior”[score base: A card featuring part of Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico’s Rejoinders (2012); photo and score: Kaitlyn Van Aalsburg (2021); score text: landscape through walking and imagining together./concerned literally with experiences not with theories/experience/the area increasing/prompted, in part, by the ‘scale’ – the duration/not walking merits mention/what was formerly “exterior”]

Please join Kaitlyn and me as we walk Score #1 for my project  52 More. Kaitlyn and I have interpreted the score as a series of four (‘prompted, in part, by the scale - the duration’) and we will be doing the walk in the same landscape over the four seasons. We would love to share the experience of walking and imagining the landscape with you as it changes over the year. 

You can do the walk anywhere, at any time. Read the score above and decide how you interpret it as instructions for a walk. Share it with me via e-mail (blakemwalks@gmail.com) or through social media using #52More.

Walks:
Spring Walk: Anytime before 20 June 2021
Summer Walk: TBD (20 June - 21 September 2021)
Autumn Walk: TBD (22 September - 20 December 2021)
Winter Walk: TBD (21 December - 20 March 2022)

Spring Walks

Katy and Blake, 25 May 2021, Hawley, Pennsylvania

A garage and a shed with an uprooted tree between them. A leafy forest is visible in the background through the buildings. (Photo: Blake Morris)
We begin with not walking. A conflict between the interior and the exterior takes precedent. An urgent appointment. It merits mention.

The side of a house with a rain gutter pictured centre. The sky is visible at the top of the picture.
The next morning we walk a small perimeter around the house. We stop often, looking closely.
The lower half of a male body, barefoot and wearing a longi standing on gravel. Grass is visible in the background. (Photo: Kaitlyn Van Aalsburg)
The textures shift: newly laid asphalt; freshly cut grass; gravel where the asphalt wasn’t replaced.

Two photos side by side. The bottom half of both pictures gravel. The top half of the right half has grass, while the top half of the left half has asphalt.
The exterior, framed through the infrastructure of the interior.

A wheelbarrow leans up against the wall underneath a deck. There are trees visible through the framing of the deck.
An asphalt pathway underneath a deck. Trees are visible in the background.
Next time we will expand the area. A slow summer stroll around a different periphery of the property.


Laura, 25 May 2021, Cardiff, Wales

Instagram post of @pterolaur. On the right is a red brick building that is starting to deteriorate. On the right is a caption that reads "Walked Score 1/52 by @katybeth74 in the rain today"

Mathilda, 1 June 2021, Greifswald, Germany

Mathilda took the score out to ‘her favourite path’, one to which she ‘will gladly return at all seasons’. Wiedererkennungseffekt: a revisiting of ‘spots and places which [she] made [her] own during 52 scores and the sunrise walks’. A kind of ‘reminiscing rather than imagining’. To be revisited in all seasons. 

a hand holds a piece of paper with the walking score written on it. In the background is a path, with green grass on either side and trees in the distance. The sky is a bright, clear blue.
a hand holds a piece of paper with the walking score written on it. In the background is a path, with green grass on either side and trees in the distance. The sky is a bright, clear blue.
Mathilda’s account: ‘An evening walk spanning 81 years, yet only one season. Imagining the landscape through the Score, without following the path it reveals. (It is my favourite: a place, formerly exterior, which I have made my own). I let myself get carried away in the hope of broadening my scale, but what I find are my own footprints. Memories of former Scores and Sunrise Walks from a time when with each walk, I felt the area increasing. Today I am reminiscing, rather than imagining. Untogether. Looking for new places and new faces, new seasons to come.’

Pavement with 1897 written on it.
Pavement with 1978 written on it.

Summer Walks

Julius, 22 June 2021, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

a series of photos with text on a two page spread. the photos are of the beach and shore. The text reads:/concerned literally with experiences not with theories/ (a response to Score #1, Julius Smit - 22 June 2021) I step over from the constriction of the  tarmac promenade, meet the edge stone  and then onto the first wooden step of the  beach stairs. Mineral meets cellulose under  the shifting shadows. I am suspended between certainty and  uncertainty. I am reminded of previous steps.  Previous decisions and excursions to  move from firm control to chaos on the  ragged pebbles.I feel my steps are being led, moving  from an abrasive corruption to a satin  tranquillity. This is not the end of my  movement but the beginning, allowing  me to remember and forget. I break out from my idyll, daring  myself to embrace decisions in a state  of perpetual transformation. Am I  prepared for this constant negotiation?  I check back, once…  and catch the warning on the shore… ‘WHY RISK 5G?’ …the area is increasing…  …the area is increasing… …the area is increasing…

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