A project in three phases: it begins with a challenge, memories and a line. Resonances.
The line of a Nazi Death March to Belsen transposed to Somerset.
A walk about time and the land, exile and belonging, the drift of memory and forgetting, memorialising in an era dense with anniversaries.
April 14-15 2015: A 2 day walk as close as possible to that line. Where the walk intersects the line, interventions. An intimate performative walk-in-witness exploring resonances from the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen.
July 13-19 An exhibition of documentation of documentation and new work at 44AD Gallery, Bath BA1 1NN
February 2016: A performative walk-in-witness on the original death march route from slave labour camp to Belsen. 71 years later. Interventions. Resonances.
The first phase is done and we gather our thoughts:
First day of walking social media trails, more starting points, glimpses:
and via Social Hiking bringing on tweets from some other walkers:
whitehorsewalk website and apps launched
Three years work comes to an even wider audience: way back long ago when it all began I was checking out locative media and all the possibilities of tweets and photos with their geotags developing into something else. I was walking the Ridgeway developing a commission from Wiltshire Council. One dark winters morning leaving the car park at Avebury our walkers included the Director of the Salisbury International Festival, Maria Bota and artist Ali Pretty. One walk led to another just as one foot leads the other and having completed the Ridgeway Project working with the photographs of Fay Godwin, I found myself high on the Wansdyke with a crowd of walkers discovering that it was walking art.. Walking the Wiltshire White Horses. Ali Pretty and I came back the following year for a great collaboration which grew last year to include the Uffington White Horse.
Finally last week we launched a website with a 100 miles trail round the 9 Wessex White Horses, a short circular walk near each one and a series of day routes linking them all up. At each white horse a sound park experienced via an app. Lots of images from our 3 years on the North Wessex downs all integrated with graphics drawn from Ali Pretty's silks. A great project the social media is lives on and we are still walking.
Here's a report of the launch: