I ran across Linda Cracknell’s name in Deirdre Heddon’s and Cathy Turner’s essay, “Walking Women: Shifting the Tales and Scales of Mobility.” They described her as a woman doing epic walking—as well as smaller, more localized walks—and writing about them. In fact, she took more than a dozen walks while preparing for a writing project […]
In Walking’s New Movement: Opportunities, Decelerations and Beautiful Obstacles in the Performances, Politics, Philosophies and Spaces of Contemporary Radical Walking, Phil Smith includes Carl Lavery’s article, “Teaching Performance Studies: 25 Instructions for Performance in Cities,” in a list of exemplary publications about walking. Why not take a look, I thought? Lavery is a walking artist—his account […]
I’ve already read (and blogged about) Deirdre Heddon’s and Cathy Turner’s later essay, “Walking Women: Shifting the Tales and Scales of Mobility,” which summarizes the research that’s presented in this paper. But I found that essay to be so important that I wanted to see what was said in “Walking Women: Interviews with Artists on […]
Elkwater, AlbertaA perfect summer day. The campgrounds are full, and Elkwater Lake beach is crowded. The trails weaving through the hills and valleys above the town, however, are almost empty - cool, shady, green, and quiet. There are only a few mountain bikers, red squirrels, and maybe an unseen cougar in the trees. I think about tree-bathing: it certainly feels good, even nourishing, to be in the forest. Location: Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, AlbertaLength: 5 kmCo [...]
When I wrote my summary of Nick Papadimitriou’s Scarp: In Search of London’s Outer Limits, I suggested I might turn to this essay by Luke Bennett, which I ran across while I was reading Tina Richardson’s anthology Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography. Back then, I skipped over Luke Bennett’s discussion of Scarp, because I […]
I keep seeing references (in Phil Smith’s work, but elsewhere, too) to Nick Papadimitriou’s “deep topography.” What does deep topography mean? Why do other walkers see it as an important model? There was only one way to find out: to read Papadimitriou’s book, Scarp. Like other psychogeographical texts, Scarp consists of multiple layers: accounts of […]
Studious and 9.5 km drawing.Appreciative and 1.5 km drawing.
Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...
Part the First Hear his Trumpet of Jubilee Take us far beyond the Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man, Far beyond votes and politics To agrarianism and ‘The People’s Farm’: The Jubilee, the day of freedom, The end of landlords when land would be held i...
A recent visit back to the UK to see my parents gave me an opportunity to take my 'No holiday' performance on a further episode, this time in the historic city of York.The trip to York spanned two days, which didn't give me much flexibility if the weat...
Killing Machine and 2.5 km drawing.Infrastructure and 3.0 km drawing.Absence and 3.7 km drawing.
Seasonal and 3.8 km drawingOrange and 2.0 km drawing.
As is appropriate for mythogeography, On Walking . . . and Stalking Sebald: A Guide to Going Beyond Wandering Around Looking At Stuff, Phil Smith’s book about following in the footsteps of the late novelist W.G. Sebald’s walk in East Anglia is made up of different layers—theoretical and tactical discussions of mythogeography, and an account of […]
Within striking distance of Hebden Bridge, as dusk falls, accompanied by his dog Freda, radio producer, presenter and writer, Horatio Clare takes Andrew Stuck on a ‘slow walk’ close to his home in an area known as Hard Castle Crags. The sky above us fills with insects and the birds and bats that feed on them. […]
Revisit and 4.4 km drawing. Result and 2.6 km drawing.Formality and 2.9 km drawing.
By any other and 4.5 km drawing.Technical failure and 3.0 km drawing.
New layer and 3.4 km drawing.
We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…
Der Klassiker der Ugliest City Tours – ein ausgedehnter Spaziergang durch die Innenstadt von Ludwigshafen zu den vermeintlich schrecklichsten Orten der angeblich hässlichsten Stadt dieses Landes. Vorbei an peinlichen Bausünden, ödem Leerstand und drast...
Fleetingly and 4.0 km drawing.