What is the Walk Exchange?
The Walk Exchange develops educational and creative walks that are free and open to the public. We emphasize the body as a way to produce and transmit knowledge. Since 2010, The Walk Exchange has led an annual training course, an informal monthly walk series, and has partnered with organizations to conduct workshops and site-specific projects. We walk to learn about spaces, ideas, and each other.
Can I come on a walk?
Yes! The first step is joining our mailing list.
After that, there are a couple of options:
The Walk Study Training Course is a six week course focused on reading about walking and walking about reading. Each class takes the form of a walk that facilitates interaction with the city through the lens of critical readings and examples of artistic practice. The Walk Study Training Course is free of charge, however, participants should commit to the full schedule of walks.
We also produce and support community-based walks, as well as host a monthly walk series. Check out our Upcoming Walks page! All walks are free. If you have an idea for a walk, or a particular topic you want to explore through walking, contact us, we are always open to your suggestions.
If you require specific accommodation to participate in a walk, please let us know.
Who we are:
The Walk Exchange was founded by Dillon de Give, Bess Matassa, Virginia Millington, Blake Morris, and Moira Williams. It is open to anyone who has an interest in walking.
Dillon de Give is an artist and educator. Project affiliations include The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Proteus Gowanus, The Portland Art Museum, Flux Factory, Catch! performance series, Guapamacátaro in Michoacán, Mexico, and The Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe. He is a co-founder of The Walk Exchange. Dillon holds a BS in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University and will soon hold an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. He lives and works in Brooklyn NY. www.implausibot.com
Bess Matassa is an urban cultural geographer and inexhaustibly curious New York walker. Her work examines how ideas about urban space are produced, maintained, and negotiated, and pays particular attention to everyday practice, emotion, and public space. She holds an MA in cultural geography and a PhD in American studies, where her dissertation research explored the relationship between walking and urban decline narratives in 1970s New York. Her favorite stomping grounds include Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge and Coney Island, the Queens interior, the Jersey shore, Palermo, eastern Paris, and the Mojave desert.
Virginia Millington lives and walks in New York. She is most interested in auditory explorations, the structural materials of cities, and municipal parks.
Blake Morris is a postgraduate student at the University of East London doing research on walking. His current artistic practice focuses on memory palaces as a form of walking documentation. Blake, along with Dillon de Give, founded the Walk Study Training Course, which is now facilitated by the Walk Exchange. He is currently a contributor at Word Servents. His current walking work can be found here: http://blakewalks.com
Moira Williams’ performance-based work invites public interactions and gestures of exchange. She is currently a fellow in the Laundromat Project’s Create Change Program, Bronx, NY and she is a founding member of the walking cooperative Walk Exchange. Her Recent work has been seen at No Longer Empty’s This Side of Paradise Bronx, NY, The Dorsky Curatorial Gallery, NY, The Brooklyn Food Conference, NY, Rumite Netherlands, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival, NY, Flux Factory, NY, and the Philadelphia Marathon. Moira is presently working on a living, mobile shelter for her upcoming New York to New York Walk. She can also be found walking to the DeKalb post office in Bushwick, NY, where she mails her daily letters to the Milky Way.