taking a line for a walk ~ Paul Klee
taking a walk on a line ~ FPC
Walking Score No I (After Klee)
Take a map drawn to any scale
Draw a line that starts and ends at the same place
Attempt to walk the line as far as is practicable
Record your experience in some form and share if desired
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4 replies on “Walking Score No 1 (After Klee)”
Iconic Klee drawing practice which was drummed into me throughout my art education! I like the application or détournement?
Thanks Diana – possibly a bit of both. Actually, have always loved that Klee line and just seemed a playful idea to adapt and apply to a walking context. Probably more Cagean than détournement.
Brilliant BTW did you encounter any difficulties on your adventure?
Thanks Matt. Only prepared that line yesterday so haven’t walked that one yet. Have tried the idea on a couple of smaller walks. (You could scale it from say a garden to a few streets, town, city, region….) You do encounter difficulties in strictly following the line. Circumventing physical obstacles such as a football ground for example, but that’s where the “as far as is practicable” came in. Also depends on how determined you are. On the other side it did take me to places where I ordinarily wouldn’t have gone. Behind a retail park was one – the reverse of the glossy retail facing side and a stretch alongside the M90 motorway. (there was a path!). What was surprising about the latter was encountering the almost tropical sweet smell of the abundant whin (gorse) bushes that thrive on the rock cuttings. Not what I had expected with all the traffic whizzing past.