Walking in Air in Thornton Heath

A set of 5 postcards

published by Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche : Le centre des livres d’artistes (2021)


Traces of local  fieldwork


Walking in Air in Thornton Heath
edition of 250, digital print quadri recto/noir verso on 350 g paper, 10 x 15 cm
in tracing paper envelope with printed label

Between earth and sky, a breath comes and goes, joining one to the other.
Entre la terre et le ciel, un souffle va et vient, unissant l'une à l'autre.
(Luce Irigaray, To Be Two / Être deux, 2001)

Images taken with my mobile phone and sentences extracted from the recordings of 2 fieldwork experiments conducted in the same local meadows in South London 9 months apart (07/01/2021 and 17/09/21).


Recording and full transcript of the second  ‘Walking in Air’  fieldwork are available on the CDLA website.

Traces of our first ‘Walking in Air’ fieldwork are available on the Walking in Air website and in Walking in Air, Performance Research ‘On Air’, Vol 26 issue 7 (Sept 2022).

Walking in Air

An interdisciplinary project that encompasses walking, writing, thinking, music, performance and discussion. Drawing on Tim Ingold’s suggestion that ‘knowledge is formed along paths of movement in the weather-world’, the project considers walking in air to be a model for speculative thinking, for creative activity and for reconsidering our place within the natural environment. The core walking events give rise to performance, workshop discussion, texts and audio recordings. Participants are drawn from an international pool of composers, artists and poets.
A collaboration with Will Montgomery building on the rich body of poetry-music-environment encounters generated by the tradition of text scores inaugurated by the Fluxus movement as well as as composers such as John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Pauline Oliveiros and Annea Lockwood to name a few.

The project is supported by UCA research fund, Royal Holloway HARI, The Centre des Livres d’Artistes and Folkestone Fringe.