Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist, a walking artist, a social choreographer and an educator. He is also a mystic and a moralist; the book’s author biography notes that was trained in a Cistercian-Trappist cloister before going on to social work among the homeless and then graduate school. If you set out to find […]
After an incredible time working together at Parihaka, Maata and I are now …
Resting and 1.6 km drawing.Incidental and 3.3 km drawing.
The ‘Woven’ festival is about celebrating the textile industry across the Kirklees region. As part of a 2 week programme of events, I went on a textile art walk on the Pennine Moors just above Marsden. The walk was led by a researcher and weaver with interests in textiles and rural landscapes. At the beginning... Continue Reading →
Searching and 7.4 km drawing.Flying and 2.0 km drawing.
Meander and 1.8 km drawing.Curvature and 5,4 km drawing.
In search of Castell Gwallter. The castle was a text book motte and bailey (lat/long ￼52.462459, -4.028706), presumably of timber that was built by a Norman invader (Walter de Bec), captured by a Welsh chieftain (Owain Gwynedd), retaken by the Frenc...
Peter Jaeger is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University. For over 30 years he has been making pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world, keeping journals of his discoveries and walks. Using these as source texts and drawing on literature and walking narratives, he has composed Midamble a long form poem of book length, in […]
Rethinking Mythogeography in Northfield, Minnesota, a collaboration between John Schott and Phil Smith, helps to explain what mythogeography (Smith’s walking practice) is, and suggests the ways that practice is still developing and changing. In that way, it’s a companion to his earlier book on mythogeography, perhaps as an example of practice to accompany that text’s […]
Well its done. I've been awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Archaeology.My research has ranged over landscape archaeology, landscape history, monasticism, cultural geography, psychogeography, landscape in art and literature, folklore and further afie...
Art with Marmot and 3.5 km drawing.Picnic and .5 km drawing.
Ways to Wander is a collection of 54 different sets of suggestions, reflections, instructions, or scores about walking, created by 54 different walkers. It also contains an introduction by Carl Lavery and copies of e-mails between the two editors. All of this material is assembled randomly, and I think that was deliberate. The list of […]
Advance and 3.5 km drawing.Manipulation and 2.3 km drawing.
Spent the day walking around Finsbury Park geotagging (or in other words deciding which prompts go where). Bumped into a lot of walls and fences which is going to make the process even more challenging than normal but also spotted a tree of hope and ot...
Are You Listening, Elspeth - Billie- Penfold 2019Are You Listening?A Soundscape produced by Thread and Word. Weaving together of sounds from our walk in Battersea Park on Sunday May 26th.Tracks :1. Trees Can Talk Billie P...
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BCFrom getting off the bus in Stanley Park to stepping onto the water taxi going to Granville Island, this is the middle walk in full day of walking and talking and pausing and post-conference decompressing. We walk through the shady forest of Stanley Park, so green and ferny and mossy and calm, and out to the beaches. Scrambling and ambling along the beaches is the slowest and most delightful bit. The hidden shore at low tide, the crabs and clams, the beach treasures; a [...]
Arthur Machen’s The London Adventure or the Art of Wandering is one of the central texts in occult and literary psychogeography. It’s also a very strange book. Its digressive narrative is characterized by endless deferral; the narrator (I’m not sure whether this book is a novel, an autobiography, or a pseudo-autobiography) tells one story after […]
This post was originally published on the Landscape Surgery blog of the Social, Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Landscape Surgery is a fortnightly seminar ser...
Constitutional and 3.6 km drawing.Disorganized and 2.5 km drawing. Centre and 1.1 km drawing. Organized and 1.2 km drawing.Intermission and 1.5 km drawing.
This is an important book. Phil Smith makes an argument in favour of a specific kind of walking that is both politically and aesthetically radical, drawing on psychogeography as a resource but subjecting it to a thorough critique. I can’t say that I understand all the nuances of Smith’s argument—that’s what this summary is for, […]