walkwalkwalk newsletter number 3

Winter 2009/10

Dear all,

we didn't get around to sending a newsletter last year... so here's a double size round-up of walk stuff.


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We are currently working on a site-specific commission for the Grade II-listed Bethnal Green Old Town Hall, which is being transformed by RARE architecture to become Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, opening spring 2010. We're creating three large scale text pieces, and a set of smaller signs, of stories from the walk route (a route which has always passed by the Old Town Hall). Our tales of the everyday and overlooked will be embedded into the fabric of the building, alongside older vestiges of Bethnal Green lore (including the stained glass 'Blind Beggar' window).  We seek to celebrate the characters and encounters of the walk - Billy, Nora and Bird - commencing a new process of myth making to accompany the Blind Beggar into the future imagination of Bethnal Green. Some of the stories have had earlier incarnations as fly posters: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/toplevelpages/posters.html and formed part of our installation at Camden Arts Centre in September 2006: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/2ndlevelpages/walkwalkwalkatCamden.html  

The project has been commissioned by Artsadmin ( http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/), in partnership with RARE architecture (http://www.r-are.net/). Find out more about the hotel in the run up to the launch here: http://www.townhallhotel.com/



The fifth annual winter solstice walk took place on the 21st December 2009. In extreme weather conditions a hardy crew persevered, literally slipping through the gaps in the known. Images from the night are online at: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/2ndlevelpages/Nightwalk21Dec2009.html

If you were stuck on a bus, in a train, or just couldn't make it the route map is online too: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/toplevelpages/maps.html


*******LOST STEPS*********************

Lost Steps is a weekly radio programme exploring lost London on Resonance 104.4FM, Gail Burton read a walk-related christmas anecdote for their Christmas special, broadcast on 26th December 2009, and available as a podcast at: http://www.loststeps.org.uk/Lost_Xmas.php and walkwalkwalk were interviewed by Malcolm Hopkins, broadcast 17th December 2009, also available as a podcast at: http://www.loststeps.org.uk/Walk_Walk_Walk.php


************LIVING LANDSCAPES************************

Clare Qualmann presented a walk-related paper and film at the Living Landscapes conference in Aberystwyth in June 2009. Entitled 'Things that have gone: the disappearing Terrains Vagues of the near East End' it used walkwalkwalk materials such as documentary photographs, film footage and audio recordings to explore the development and destruction of the area around Pedley Street: http://pedleystreetrip.blogspot.com  http://www.landscape.ac.uk/2009conference.html


**********WALKWALKWALK BOOK**********************

'walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Exeter archive' was published by Site Projects in May 2009. The book includes essays by Phil Smith and Cathy Turner of Wrights and Sites, a forward by Nicola Hood, Director of SPACEX and a transcript of our talk given at the Hidden City Symposium in October 2008, as well as loads of lovely colour photographs. The book will be launched in Exeter and London later on this year - it is the culmination of our year long project in Exeter with SPACEX gallery.  'Stories from the Exeter Archive' charts our experience and methodology in mapping a space unfamiliar to us using routine walks donated by local residents and workers in the Exeter area.  isbn 978-0-9554379-4-6, A5, 32 pages, full colour, stapled, £6 each + 55p UK Post and Packing, buy one (or more!) online now at: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/toplevelpages/multiples.html



2008s Winter solstice walk commemorated things that have gone from our route over the last five years. Images online at: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/2ndlevelpages/Nightwalk21Dec2008.html


********************HIDDEN CITY****************************

We took part in the Hidden City Symposium, 'Mythogeography, Writing, & Site Specific Performance', in Plymouth on Saturday October 4th 2008, discussing our recent project 'Stories from the Exeter archive'. The symposium was part of The Hidden City Festival. http://www.hiddencityfestival.org.uk/


********************TALKING WALKING****************************

Andrew Stuck's talking walking website includes interviews with all sorts of walkers and walk enthusiasts - including many artists. walkwalkwalk's interview was recorded in April 2008, and is available to listen to at: http://www.talkingwalking.net/public_/Talking_Walking/Entries/2008/4/19_WalkWalkWalk_talking_walking.html


******************NIGHTWALK MARSH BARTON*********************

We launched our Posters for Exeter Central Station on the 12th of April 2008, with drinks and walking cake on the station concourse, followed by a nightwalk to Marsh Barton. This was the culmination of a year long off-site project for Spacex Gallery, exploring the lesser known aspects of Exeter through donated routine walks. Find out more about the project here: http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk/2ndlevelpages/ExeterApril2008.html and here: http://www.spacex.co.uk/pl57.html

Directions for the walk route are available here: http://exeterstories.blogspot.com/2008/04/nightwalk-route.html


All of this and much more is on our website:http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk

and our project blogs:





All the best for 2010,

Clare, Gail and Serena


Gail Burton, Serena Korda, Clare Qualmann