October 13 – November 9, 2014

Walk Study Training Course 5 saw two groups of walkers explore the following questions:

How is a walk a point of exchange? Can local walking practices translate globally, and what changes in that translation? What kind of knowledge is developed and transmitted by walking? 

Each week a group of walkers in London and four individual walkers in New York City shared and exchanged walking exercises in response to different texts and examples of artists’ work. Each link below contains a different exercise developed for exchange by course participants. Try one out, and let us know what you think!

Week 1-

Heddon, Deirdre, and Myers, Misha. Stories from the walking library. Cultural Geographies, 2014.
Sotelo, Luis Carlos. ‘Looking Backwards to walk forward’, in Performance Research15(4), pp. 57-67, 2010.

Library Categorizing (Aliza)
Read aloud the texts of the environment (Brett Van Aalsburg)
“Walk on by”-action (Francie Scanlon)
Sensory and memory activation (Virginia Millington)
Come across specific spaces and respond (London)

Week 2-

Deveron Arts. ‘Walking Institute Vision’, Deveron Arts, 2013.
Vergunst, Jo and Vermehren, Anna. ‘The Art of Slow Sociality: Movement, Aesthetics and Shared Understanding’, in Cambridge Anthropology 30(1), Spring, pp. 127-142, 2012.

Explore as a different person/animal (Aliza)
Slow walk and think of project (Brett)
Walking the dog (Francie)
Invisible and visible borders (Virginia)
Red and green (London)

Week 3-

Walk and Squawk, a project by Hilary Ramsden and Erika Block, 2006.
Jahangeer, Doung. ‘Market Versus Mall’, Global Times, 13, 2009
Doung’s Citywalk Part I, Seeing With Your Heart‘, 2011.

Water direction (Aliza)
Empathetic look on creative expressions (Brett)
London Bridge round (Francie)
Pass though barriers (Virginia)
Seams (London)

Week 4-

Guattari, Felix. The Three Ecologies. London: Continuum, 2000.
Nelson, Robin. “Practice-as-research and the Problem of Knowledge”. Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, 11:4, 105-116, 2006.

Group walk with friends and family (Aliza)
Ten second lay down (Brett)
Red poppies-war-Martin Creed-walk (Francie)
Shadow line walk (Virginia)

The Walk Study Training Course (WSTC) is a 6-week educational project developed by the Walk Exchange. It explores critical, fictional, sound and spatial materials through a weekly group walk. WSTC 5 was based in both London and New York City as part of Exchange Member Blake Morris’ Ph.D. research at the University of East London, home to the Walking Artists’ Network.