Walking and the Arts

Walking defines the human existence and has nourished our creativity since mankind began thinking in abstract forms. In manifold ways, walking acts as a means to explore, interpret and obscure environments. Stepping through them as a flâneur or as an observer of environs, one seeks inspiration, escape or mode of expression. Walking occupies the space between contemplation, idea and delivery. Various art forms enrich our walking experience and make moving on foot so rewarding. Urban diversity stimulated by architecture, urban performers and musicians, street art or public sculptures provides an inspiring context for walking. This category welcomes artistic projects dealing with walking. It is open for projects that inspire us to travel on foot but also art that has been inspired by it.

Keywords: Art, Creativity, Culture, Urban Art forms, Street art, Buskers, Performance, Music,

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  • Through where I walked

    Photographic project about creativity, obstacles and experience of walking in São Paulo through its sidewalks.
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  • The Walking Artists Network

    The Walking Artists Network is for everyone who defines themselves as a walking artist, and everyone who is interested in walking as a mode of art practice. It extends to cover related creative and critical walking from fields including (but not limited to) architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, history, spatial design, urban design, health and planning.
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  • Nightlights

    The project NightLights is an art project portraying one of Leipzigs neglected neighbourhoods. It is a collection of citations, memories and opinions of the neighbourhood that can be discoverd on a nightwalk off the beaten track in the neighbourhood of Leipziger Osten.
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  • Low Trees and Tall Buses

    Low Trees & Tall Buses (WalkIn’ London) is an invitation to discover, explore and create your own London by simply walking around. Your own London? Yep, magic happens when taking a walk is more important than reaching a destination. Bring to life the explorer in you. Reconnect to the space you live in on your own terms. And never ever switch on that GPS.
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  • Sideways

    Sideways is an open festival format for contemporary art and spatial practices. The backbone of the festival is an expedition on foot, spanning several weeks and creating a collaborative meeting ground where artists and audiences can explore issues regarding space, time & movement. After an acclaimed edition in Belgium in 2012, Sideways is at the lookout for fertile ground for a next journey.
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  • 1 KM VOL. 1

    “I KM VOL. I” is a photobook featuring instant film color photographs made during, and in relationship to, the solitary act of walking through urban and rural landscapes of Costa Rica.
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  • PROJECT [video]Flâneu®

    The artist walks like a „Flâneur“ through the city. He does not have a turtle with him (as the original Parisian Flâneur of the 1830‘s used to). He has only a video camera. He takes shots of the city; he takes shots of the “life” of the people of the city, sometimes he also shoots “himself” (without camera moves, without zooming, without special lighting, with original sound, without permission).
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  • The Walking Sarong

    The Walking Sarong is an (art)chitecture imaginary project located at St. Gaudens Plaza, Central Park, New York City. This project is an answer for a challenging question “ what kind of architecture connects two urban cities at one time? “. The purpose of this livable space installation is make pedestrians know and experience that Sarong as multipurpose walking buddy.
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  • Agency for Walking Culture

    The «Agency for Walking Culture» in Zurich, Switzerland, focuses on artistic projects in the field of walking. The aim is to explore an embodied active learning of urban space. For that the Agency invites people to participate in «conceptual walks».
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  • Have you heard?

    Storytelling without a medium: an intervention-based artistic project and documentary created and carried out in summer 2014 in Edinburgh, UK
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  • Finding Ghosts

    Finding Ghosts: Walking backwards into the future is a collaborative multi site project, using augmented reality to create a layered narrative of site across time. The project has so far been presented in Dunedin, Auckland, Copenhagen and has also intervened into another walking project "Long Time No See?".
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  • ARTTOURS

    Arttours interrogates a specific form of walking experience, that of the city tour, encouraging an analytical and adventurous approach to navigating a city. Traditional expectations are redefined and playfully subverted; the consumer becomes the service provider, visitors became guides, the foreign became the familiar, the mundane became the attraction, and destinations became places of departure.
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  • Knocking Bird

    Knocking bird is an e-culture project, based on walking and ecology, in Sint-Niklaas (B). 15 residents from all over Europe came to walk with locals in the city and the landscape around, to exchange experiences, explore the relation between new technology and walking and create collaboratively a locative media walk about the walking experiences and the relation between their cities and nature.
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  • Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk

    Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/fertility and Childlessness created Louise Ann Wilson, is a walking guide and art book specific to, and created in, Warnscale, an area of fells in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK. The book is aimed at women who are childless by circumstance.
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  • Hänsel&Gretel – Opera-Hike

    "Hänsel&Gretel - Opera-Hike" gives children the opportunity to hike through the forests of Vienna accompanied by singing fairy-tale-figures and to join them on their adventure trip.
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  • Muziklaža Workshop

    We used walking practices like drifting and soundwalking to explore the sonic character of the city of Mostar. The objects found on our walks were upcycled into an interactive soundscape-installation in an abandoned public building. This transformed space invites passerbies to leave their ordinary walking routes and engage creatively with their living environment.
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  • JOURNEY

    JOURNEY brings an audio experience that takes participants to renew their look over the city and the public space, at the same time that they rediscover themselves while walking through São Paulo.
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  • Göçmen Adımlar / Migrant Steps

    Migrant Steps is a theatre project that engages migrant women living in the UK and Europe. Starting from the figure of a travelling tortoise and combining methodologies such as psycho-geography, performance art, physical theatre and autobiographical writing, the project explores the participants' relationship with the cities where they live.
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  • LA BOHÈME – Pop-Up-Opera

    The Bohemian friends Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline and Schaunard discuss with their landlord at Michaelerplatz. Musetta flirts with Marcello at Franziskanerplatz in front of small cafés. Rodolfo and Mimi split up tearfully in front of Karlskirche and later Mimi dies inside of Wien Museum.
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  • Walking – Pass It on!

    As I was walking in the park, watching the sun rise, I realised that in order to have a happy day I would have to rise to the occasion and SMILE!
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  • The Route of Mario Vargas Llosa

    This project is about walking a city from its literature. Several parks and emblematic streets of the district of Miraflores (in Lima, Peru) are included on a walking circuit inspired in the life and work of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize of Literature 2010.
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  • Visual poetry, a daily inspiration

    Empowering the walkers in the city, a daily chance to be creative, to breathe, to contribute, to be part of a movement and be an individual at the same time. Walking across, inspiring little creations which you can start or add on too... organic material, gravel, incense, a little breathing pace to stop and speculate in our busy lives. Let's create visual poetry and beauty; to contribute, to walk.
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  • Perambulator

    Perambulator is a walking project that explores and reflects on the experience of walking with a pram (or pushchair).
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  • StepAway Magazine

    StepAway Magazine is an open access online repository of urban walking narratives. We encourage writers from across the globe to walk the streets of any city and submit their observations in poetry or prose. We select work that evokes the sensory experience of urban walking. Published quarterly, StepAway showcases new and established writers and has been doing so for over four years.
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  • Walking Home (Again)

    Walking Home (Again) is a gallery based performance. It is an exhibition after a walk from a house I lived in in London to a house I was born in to in St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is a performance and an installation in the wake of my fathers death, and it is a performance about pilgrimage, loss and grief, it is about the distance between here and there, and the distance between me and you.
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  • An Alternative Map of Stonehouse

    'An Alternative Map of Stonehouse' is a project that merges parkour and art in order to focus on freedom of movement within a built up urban space.
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  • Logistic Landscapes

    Peripheral environments surrounding our cities are mostly crossed by car. Those places are not existent on our mental maps, they are the opposite of highly frequented city centres. Logistic Landscapes can be characterized as the most faded-out backside of the staged ‘city of spectacle’. The process of walking itself is used as a tool, a filter to change the perception of this special landscape.
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  • Resounding cities – Akoo-o

    “Resounding cities” departs from a collaborative approach to walking and sound, dealing with cartography, urban interventions, new media, performance, writing, critical thinking and open discussions. Outcomes of our participative actions (walks leading to maps, recordings, videos, performances and texts) were sound walks, exhibitions and a blog connecting walkers in various European cities.
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  • Leipziger Stadtteilexpeditionen

    The Leipziger Stadtteilexpeditionen (Leipzig Quarter Expeditions) explore the city from the perspective of its citizens. Each expedition is developed in a collaborative process with one quarter’s dwellers. The aim is to offer an opportunity for intimate encounters and to reshape the mental maps of the city, beyond city marketing and media response.
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  • Wayfinding 100 NYC Public Sculptures

    Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific installation using both old and new media to explore the definition of public art by inviting the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures, as well as question how the journey of the audience, from the representation and original within the specific geographic sites, can be an artwork in itself.
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  • Tales from the Towpath

    Tales from the Towpath is a piece of immersive literature about Manchester’s waterways, accessed by walking a story trail with a mobile device. Geocaches and augmented reality Zappar codes provide fragments of story. Developed for the Manchester Literature Festival 2014, the live event included micro projections, origami boats, audience contributions, and a performance on a canal boat.
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  • WALK-ing ART WALK-ing

    WALK-ing THE STREETS FOR ART AND AWARENESS as performance, installation, investigation, art in public space as painiting, as sculpture Art made by WALK-ing is a visualization and awareness of space, cityscape and situation. WALK-ing is a personal and public performance, visible and invisible. The WALK-ing ART of Beverly Piersol
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  • The Installation series of Untitled

    The "Wishes, Lies and Dreams” series will explore the intimacy and emotional resonance with the viewer combining art and fantasy to explore walking experiences. I will invite children, people/artists and disabled persons to share their wishes/dreams in this artwork project.
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  • Walking Library

    The Walking Library brings together walking and books, creating walk-responsive mobile libraries to be carried on foot. Walking with a library of books, we consider what these literary companions add to the journey; how reading in situ affects the experience of walking; how journeying affects the experience of reading; and how a walk, as a space of knowledge production, is written and read.
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  • Born to Walk

    A non-fiction book about the transformative properties — and myriad benefits — of walking, from physical and mental health to social, economic, creative and spiritual possibilities.
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  • Long Time, No See?

    Long Time, No See? invites participants to set out to explore and reflect, in the spirit of adventure, to reveal other and emergent ways of existing in this world through poetic actions, walking, mobile technology and relationships that animate a sense of care.
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  • Being Boucalais

    Since 10 years the Brussels based arts collective Various Artists is working on Boucalais, a 100km walk from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Calais in the North of France. From 2011 on they invite other artists to join along the walking trail, sharing the experience of the mobile creative studio ‘Boucalais’. The Being Boucalais project is an experiential four day walking tour for three persons.
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  • The Walking Project

    "The idea that one photograph can document the duration of a walk is clearly ridiculous: an object cannot compete with an experience." Hamish Fulton
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  • Namaste Artists walks

    Namaste Artist walks Slow walking: The art of coming close to ones sensitivities Walking to come closer to ones sensitivity to feel more Implication: The more sensitive we are to ourselves, the more sensitive we can be to others and our environment.
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  • Artwalk Istanbul

    Artwalk Istanbul is an art project featuring a side of Istanbul off the beaten track. By simplifying and dividing the complex, yet unmissable art scene of Istanbul, it presents you with an expert guide encompassing contemporary art galleries, institutes and contemporary museums and artist studios.
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  • Recycled Street Light Trash Bins

    The street light Trash can is a project am realising at my studio where by my target is to walk the streets collect disposed plastic bottles. The plastic bottles shall be shaped in different forms including lamp holders and covers where while installed together the final product is a permanent trash can and when the light bulbs are inserted. We aim encourage people feel safe and happy, walk far.
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  • Wonderment – walklines

    Walking...such a simple pleasure ...capturing a childlike sense of wonder...it can transform people's lives.
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  • Sound and Sight Walk

    “I never would have imagined hearing spring through snow, but there it was, thanks to your ear trumpets. It gave me a feeling of hope and wonder.” (L) “I felt like a walking tree. The burl not so much amplifying sound as enhancing the quality of our presence in the landscape. Richness through timbre. Each wood, each instrument's shape, a tesseract opening.” (M) “…like putting on glasses." (D)
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  • Peripato Telematikos

    Peripato Telemetikos is an ongoing walking art project. Walking is undertaken in a variety of environments, by solitary walkers or groups of walkers. A custom-built system is utilised to document the movements of the walker(s), and to provide an audience with a means of engagement with the walkers. The walkers document their walks through simple mobile phone image and text messaging facilities.
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  • The Walking Project

    The Walking Project was an interdisciplinary performance, mapping and cultural exchange project collaboratively developed with US and South Africa-based artists during a series of residencies in Detroit and KwaZulu-Natal from 2003 through 2006.
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  • SKYWALK

    Why skywalk? Because this is the place where people feels themselves above the clouds... the dreamland where everyone wants to take place!
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  • Trace: Walking by Drawing

    The Trace app generates walking routes based on digital sketches people create, digitally mark and send to others. When someone receives a Trace (e.g. circle, star or letter) the app guides that person along a walk of variable length wherever she happens to be. In contrast to most walking apps, Trace emphasizes travel over transport, serendipity over precision, and social connections over goals.
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  • Walking the Line

    Plymouth Breakwater was historically a destination where nineteenth century promenaders went to walk, see and be seen. A mile in length and nearly 3 miles out to sea, the Breakwater is now the responsibility of the MInistry of Defence and off limits to the general public. It is my aim to facilitate trips of walkers out to the Breakwater, to explore the city's outer realms.
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  • Walking Institute

    The Walking Institute, a peripatetic school for the human pace.
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  • [ ].ma

    In its meaning in Japanese, MA refers to the space between neighboring bodies, the gap between both. In a temporal context, refers to the time or the pause that occurs between one and another phenomenon. For this project, the concept of MA refers to the void or the pause as a principle of great importance in both design and art, as well as in public spaces.
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  • The Busk App

    An app; for street performers, with cashless payments and the ability to distribute music in the street; for audiences to see who's busking near them, right now, and rewarding them for going to see a street show; for academics to study data on the social and economic benefits that busking provides; and then advocacy, getting local authorities to encourage (instead of arrest) buskers worldwide.
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  • Spaziergangwissenschaft

    “Spaziergangwissenschaft” the art of wandering is an ongoing art research by artist Stefaan Van Biesen & curator-writer Geert Vermeire, about walking in (imaginary) landscapes with (temporary) interventions, installations, drawings, sketches and letters about the daily and the special, the volatile and the lasting, the imaginary and the real, as in the Museum of Walks and the Library of Walks.
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  • White wo/man walking

    A 13km walk across the city of Johannesburg in a cardboard car. In downtown Johannesburg the walking car subverted the idea of the car as a protective casing in areas not considered safe for walking, while in the suburbs it became a commentary on disappearing sidewalks and the lack of walking infrastructure, stimulating debate regarding cultures of walking and non-walking.
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  • Walk Study Training Course

    The Walk Exchange’s Walk Study Training Course (WSTC) is a six week walking seminar that puts active participation at the centre of a cross-disciplinary pedagogical approach.
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  • Paint Up Buenaventura

    Paint Up Buenaventura is an artistic and social project that aims at brightening the urban landscape of Buenaventura, the main port of Colombia. By enhancing the physical environment through painting, we are looking to change the image of the city and create an incentive for pedestrians to explore it.
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  • Black Walks

    Black Walks is an on-going performance project that has taken place in Tokyo, London, Paris and Berlin to date. The artist performs long durational walks through each city, alone or with participants, with a black flag in her hand. This walk and symbol have become an attractor and reflector of each city’s fears, concerns and narratives.
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  • To the City of Edinburgh

    To the City of Edinburgh is a picture book inspired by walking in Edinburgh, a city with beautiful scene, friendly people and ideal streets for walkers. I've been living in Edinburgh for 8 months, during which I found walking in the city a pleasant and satisfying experience. I hope this book could encourage more people to hit the road.
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  • Adventures in Sightlessness

    Adventures in Sightlessness is a six year art project exploring the world by walking without seeing through a range of activities.
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  • Gdansk Zaspa Murals – Local Guides

    Local Guides are the residents of Zaspa leading free of charge tours to the Monumental Painting Collection. The Collection is an integrated open air gallery consisting of 49 large format murals painted in the settlement of Zaspa in Gdansk. The collection integrates three related activities: Monumental Art Festival, Gdansk School of Mural and Local Guides.
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