Walking in Air remotely ‘de chez soi’

(local) fieldwork and (online) collective recollection


With Antoine Beuger, Leni Dipple, Romaric Hardy, Will Montgomery, Sandra Schimag, Marianne Schuppe, Stefan Thut and Carol Watts

online collective recollection, 20/09/2021, 5 to 7pm

knowledge is formed along paths of movement in the weather-world’.’ ‘la connaissance se forme le long des couloirs transitoires du ‘weather-world’. Tim Ingold

A group of composers, poets and artists from the UK and Europe were invited to undertake some local ‘walking in Air’  field work.

They were sent 3 poetic quotes we had selected from preliminary research for their potential to inspire or guide their activities. This was followed by an online recollection gathering where stories, recordings, writings and images were share and discussed.

This local fieldwork was proposed instead of a 4 day residential event at the Centre Des Livres d’Artistes (CDLA, France), postponed to Summer 2022 due to the pandemic. We are planning more iterations of such local activities remotely shared as well as some in person collective ones in the UK and France.

Traces of this  ‘walking in Air’  fieldwork are available on the CDLA website and on Walking in Air.

Walking in Air, co-autored with Will Montgomery, 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.