From November 2019-November 2020, I created a weekly walking score, i.e. instructions for walking. I cut out one word, phrase or sentence from a piece of paper I chose out of a pile of scrap paper and added it to a base for a walking score. After 7 additions I declared it a completed score and walked the results the following Sunday. Initially I intended the project to be done in person and at a distance. Lockdown made it entirely remote. I invited anyone from anywhere in the world to join me in interpreting the resulting score, and walk it at a distance, synchronously or asynchronously. The score included below was created shortly after Lockdown and walked Sunday, 5 April 2020, in conjunction with the Loiterers’ Resistance Movement’s First Sunday Walks. We communicated via a WhatsApp group as we walked around our respective blocks, considering the words of the score.
Blake Morris is a walking artist and scholar based in New York City. His works have included the Arts Council England funded series of site-specific walks, This is not a Slog, created for Ovalhouse Theatre (London) and scores published in Claire Hind and Clare Qualmann’s Ways to Wander publications (Axminster: Triarchy Press). His recent book, Walking Networks: The Development of an Artistic Medium (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2020) offers a definition for the artistic medium of walking and discusses its development. Blake holds a Ph.D. in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance from the University of East London.