On 12 May 2018 fifty-seven people in fifteen countries on five continents explored the centres of their landscape.1 They walked alone and in groups; on short strolls and epic walks; in rural, urban and suburban landscapes; in familiar and unfamiliar places. Some walked during the day and others at night. Some never made it out of the city, while for others it took only a few minutes, or there was no city to begin with. They took pictures, wrote poems, recorded found sounds, or simply walked the score and enjoyed the landscape. Some shared their experiences through social media (#awanderisnotaslog), created photo-maps, or wrote blog posts; others engaged through e-mail, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. They all reflected on transitions and boundaries–places where one kind of space gives way to another. Each territory expressed its own logic, dictated by the history of its development and the walkers’ history with it. By walking the same score on the same day together, we linked centres and peripheries across the world. A world wide web of walkers connecting an analogue practice through digital means.
If you want, you can follow some of our fellow walkers. Or better yet, see if you can arrange a walk. You don’t even need to be on the same continent.
Instagram: @djmystabean, @una_lounder, @tim_hornsby, @barbaralounder and @onceinawiley; @istanbulwalkabouts, @mayakzm, @akgunilhan73; @carol.maurer; @kez_jez; @juliepoitrassantos; @richardw25; @patricks.ford; @assobioelalala; @thelianbell; @inspirallondon; @mog_pat, @leemingpaterson, @zerofootprints
Twitter: @IST_walkabouts, @Akgun_Su_Ilhan; @walknowlive; @Ruth_HBroadbent, @sangrownun; @vivcorringham; @InspiralLondon; @roamingdunn; @leemingpaterson
Linda Rae Dornan
Patrick S. Ford
Julie Poitras Santos
1. Two other participants walked the score on the 11 and 14 of May, for a total of fifty-nine walkers. ↩