[score base: blank blue index card; photo and score: Roger Boyle (2021); score text: Always/move away from the restrictive/the passage of time,/investigates—rather than celebrates/find materials to make/an old-fashioned archive/and check the accuracy/by touching/something.]
Roger and I will be walking his score the last Tuesday of every month until 22 February 2022 (the day before Terminalia). Please join us as we investigate the passage of time and ‘find materials to make an old-fashioned archive’.
Next Walk: 28 September 2021
Location: Wherever you are
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blake, Mathilda and Roger; 29 June 2021; New York City, USA, Greifswald, Germany and Llanfarian, Wales.
Blake collected handwriting he found along his route from the Upper East Side to Astoria, via the Queensborough Bridge.
Mathilda collected leaves, flowers and a dead moth, ‘looking closely at the trees and plants’ in Greifswald. Her investigation made her feel as if they were ‘being formally introduced’.
Roger retrieved a cushion from his friend Clive’s house, where he has ‘a mass of old stuff stored in one of his barns’.
Blake, Roger, Jackie and Mathilda; 27 July 2021; New York City, USA, Norfolk, England, Co. Wexford, Ireland and Greifswald, Germany.
I walked through Sunset Park, Brooklyn and archived the sounds of the city, which I recorded through a handwritten remembrance (continuing my collection of handwriting). Roger’s walk ‘took in most of the interesting parts of Great Yarmouth and Caister’ and collected a variety of bric-a-brac. Jackie traversed ‘the shoreline of Cahore’ on her birthday—‘a good day to consider “the passage of time”’—and collected signage in an extension of our previous exchange. Mathilda journied into her garden ‘ to find more leaves and greens’ for her ‘Tuesday archive’.
Roger, Mathilda and Blake; 31 August 2021; Aberystwyth, Wales, Greifswald, Germany and New York City, USA
Roger went on a jaunt from Glanyrafon, past Blaendolau, up through Mynwent Llanbadarn to Cwmpadarn and home. Mathilda continued her collection of leaves and flowers. I walked the west side of Sunset Park, and snapped photos in locations where I found handwriting.
Roger, Mathilda and Blake; 28 September 2021; Aberystwyth, Wales, Greifswald, Germany and Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania
Roger, with a letter to post, ‘garbed [himself] against the deluge and walked to the post office down the road’; on his trip he ‘retrieved two closed loops’ and an ‘object that mystified him’, which turned out to be a broken mug. He preferred the mystery. Doing my walk in the Poconos, I realised I was unlikely to find handwriting in the wild. Instead, I enlisted Waverly to hide some handwriting for me and engaged in a walking scavenger hunt. Mathilda continued her ‘ backyard-archive’ with ‘Sprinkles of red ivy, and three nearly invisible white feathers.’
Roger and Blake; 26-27 October 2021; Aberystwyth, Wales, and New York, New York
Roger and I headed out in gaps between downpours. ‘Dodging the showery weather’ we both managed to remain dry. First, Roger found 4 things that ‘were circular, which pleased [him] very much’, but he was unable to ‘resist the rectangular "Dim Anifeiliaid" sign’, before collecting ‘2 more circular things’. My initial jaunt through midtown Manhattan was unsuccessful in uncovering any handwriting I could collect — most potential objects were quite soggy really — so I set out the following day in Astoria, where I had the luck to find a small drawing. Not handwriting exactly, but one must always move away from the restrictive.