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”]

Score #1 was a series of four walks  over four seasons. (‘prompted, in part, by the scale - the duration’).

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.

Gwen and Sandra; Approximately 23 May and 10 June, 2021; Georgian Bay, Canada

two photos overlapping that show a blue lake under a blue sky. the viewpoints are from opposite sides of the bay.

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…

Kaitlyn and Blake; 16 Sept. 2021; Lackawaxen, PA

The end of summer.

Marked on a number of occassions.

As if we need extra time to process that final marker - point of no return - autumn equinox. 
An end of summer walk.

The score a new marker for the seasons.

A new perimeter - snaking around the built environment - the expansive exploration of fall.

“concerned literally with experiences, not with theories”

Autumn Walks

Kaitlyn and Blake; 14 October, 2021; Lackawaxen, PA

‘walking and imaging’ the boundaries of the property’s changing lansdcape together. The scale of the change revealing itself over the duration. The soon to be ‘formerly “exterior”’ as we go into the score’s final season. Changes that continue in the ‘not walking’. Not walking opens the experiences now to theories, but we are literally not concerned with them.

Jackie; 8 October 2021; Ireland

Instagram post by jackieb_9. Brown, orange and yellow leaves, with rocks next to them. The text reads: "jackieb_9's profile picture jackieb_9 Enjoyed walking score#1 by @katybeth74 from the #52More project by @blakewalks Watching the soft October light, "not walking" I am drawn out by the blueness of the sky.  Into the melancholy season, when everything is falling to the ground.  A child "concerned literally with experiences, not with theories" might imagine this landscape as a playground: kicking piles of leaves, squishing berries, collecting shiny conkers, and picking up magical sticks full of possibilities. #Walkingart #Autumn #Walkingartistsnetwork"
Julius; 21 October 2021; England

4 different images of repositioned oaks. On the left and right side portrait orientation images of the top of the oak columns. In landscape orientation in the middle top and bottom of the page are pictures of the full oak circle. In between the four images a text reads: "I walked twenty minutes from my flat to the Manor Gardens, a municipal park at the other end of Eastbourne. Inside the grounds stands a sculpture called ‘Eighteen Thousand Tides’, made by David Nash in 1996. A group of sea weathered oak buttresses used to prop up groynes on the seafront have been reclaimed and positioned within a circle to offer a space to enter into for quiet and contemplation. What was once formerly exterior now contributes to an area as interiior. I walked around the outside of the circle, before entering into the space, then walked slowly around and in between the oak sculptures, aware of my steps breaking the silence. I then stopped and stood still, looking up at the textures of wood against a bright autumn sky."

Winter Walks

Julius; 1 February 2022; Eastbourne, England

Julius’ account: 

'experience/the area increasing'

A clear sky with a keen south-westerly headwind accompany me during a coastal walk along the route of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, with views of hilly landscapes bordered by the English Channel. Everything is visible for a few miles from where I'm walking and it is the signs and markers on my route which trigger my thinking in particular along lines of an immersive expansion. How am I to interpret these notices and instructions for my own understanding?

Place names have always intrigued me with their derivations and connections, whether contemporary or historical. I stop at a memorial stone marking patronage and sacrifice, saving a landscape from commercial exploitation. Then, a heritage place name tells me I have reached a halfway point. In this chalk country, lime production was once very common, so another place name. Finally, the clear cut emotional instruction as a warning to those curious and daring. Four messages then on my walk which all point to increasing narratives under a wide open winter sky

Kaitlyn and Blake; 20 March, 2022; Lackawaxen, PA

Katy and I missed winter. Well, we didn’t miss winter. But we did not walk it (together). It merits mention. We walked the spring equinox instead. Trespassingbeyond her property’s borders on to the adjacent, undeveloped land. We expanded into what was formerly exterior.

The trees were still barren and the air was cold, but there was a sense of change. Personal change as well as the change of the landscape. Over 4 seasons of walking and imagining together, Katy and I found ourselves in very different places than when I first arrived to Fawn Lake Forest in May of 2021.

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