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A walk with Amy Sharrocks via mobile phone
Each walk will take approximately 30 minutes

At an agreed time Amy Sharrocks in London calls you on your mobile telephone number. Together you take each other on a 30-minute tour of your respective locations. You collaborate to choose which way to go, describing the places and people you encounter and the surroundings you find yourselves in. Guiding each other’s footsteps, the conversations are as open-ended as the walks are.

‘A walk with Amy’ functions as an urban drift, in which each participant is simultaneously a spectator and traveling companion, tourist and tour operator. The intimacy of an unknown voice can lead to unexpected insights and connections, noticing details we might have overseen, as we share cities across a remote landscape. ‘A walk with Amy’ asks what is worthy of attention – without road names or landmarks, what will function as signposts and how will we make our choices?

PREMIERE on the 4th of AUGUST
Further walks on the 5th of August

Meeting point
in front of the
Linden Museum
Hegelplatz 1
70174 Stuttgart

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Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon is a artist working with photography. She has also worked as a freelance photographer for film, theatre and magazines and was lyricist and singer for London-based punk folk band, The Doonicans. She visited Haiti for the first time in 1991, and has continued the relationship ever since.

At the workshop she presented a piece she made in collaboration with Rachel Cooper, entitled Walking in the Gower. Together they scoured the coutryside in South Wales, looking for places with strange names. At every spot, each of them took a photograph while the other hid her eyes.

Walking in the Gower © Leah Gordon and Rachel Cooper

Leah Gordon

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Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon

Visit Leah’s website to see more of her work.

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Jesus Jimenez

Jesus Jimenez is a young Mexican artist who came to London to do an MA at the London College of Communications.

Here are some video pieces he started as part of his individual project.

Chasing Birds

The walk of my right hand

The walk of my left hand II

You can see more works in Jesus’ website.

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Mary Ann Huslack

Mary Ann Huslack is a Canadian writer currently based in London.

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For the Tate Modern workshop Mary Ann created two separate works, see the documentation below:

First walk (The contemplative walk)

A sunny, summery Saturday afternoon. I need new sandals. My toes want to flick free of shoes; my feet long for direct contact with air. I decide to try those stand-erect-and-don’t slouch Masai sandals. I look up the website to find the nearest stockist, which is a Sweaty Betty in Chiswick. I ring them. They do have the sandals in stock.

It’s 2km away. I could drive and park in the Sainsbury’s car park. Instead, I walk. I have an end destination and, other than having to cross under two train bridges, I don’t plan my route.

I wear brown jeans and a willow green t-shirt; they feel less ‘winter’ than black. It’s too soon for white jeans and a white shirt, as if I need more transition to summer.

On my back rests my usual leather backpack with my medium-size Moleskine notebook inside it. (I feel naked without a notebook.) I also carry a fabric bag from Strand Books in New York over my shoulder. It’s a present, a fit that leaves my hands free, though I face the logo towards me instead of out to the world. That’s less a comment against a logo-gripped world than my being treated as if I were from the US. My Canadian accent (and that most people here can’t hear the difference) gives me a peculiar insight into how people (surprisingly many) in the UK hurl verbal contempt at those they assume are American. I’ve lived here for twenty years so I know it’s a recent phenomena. It makes for dilemmas. If I say I’m originally Canadian, not American, smiles break out and it’s all oops, so sorry, except by pleading exemption I feel as if I’m colluding with something deeply pernicious. I find myself saying, ‘you know, 54 million people voted against George W. Bush.’

Hmnn, I think. This has potential for an active walk. I make a mental note for the future. For now, I steer myself to my ‘Reader, I Actually Bought a Compass’ project, a short story about how I, as someone who comes from a monumental landscape with grid survey roads, relates to London. I muse about an active walk next week, around Willesden, a ‘sample’ area in the story. But something else niggles and niggles at me. And has niggled at me for weeks now.

It’s a passage from Domus, the architecture magazine. In an article discussion about architecture and public space in Tehran, two Iranian architects casually mention that women cannot stroll or stand still in the streets. They always have to keep moving or they will be asked what they are doing. I feel myself settling on a kind of ‘Tehran’ walk for a project. I fret: am I imposing Western imperialist values? I, as a western woman, wouldn’t set off on a contemplative walk at, let’s say, 2am, would I. Yet, for me, walking is as much about moving as about being able to stop. Stop, sit down, maybe sip tea, write in notebook, read, chat (or not) to person(s) at next table, meet friend (even male friend) in public place. The idea of having to keep moving . . .

Sweaty Betty’s don’t have the sandals in the neutral tan colour I want. I amble to a health food supermarket. I caution myself: don’t turn this into an ‘errands’ walk. I ‘do’ a small shop because I’ll be carrying it. A cyclist whizzes in front of me.

I think maybe a notebook that slips into my pocket would be more accessible when walking. I pop into Waterstone’s, hold the small-size Moleskines in my hand. I notice a storyboarding version. I cut across a green on my way home. People bask in the sun. A working title – A ‘Tehran’ Walk – surfaces and it occurs to me that I could use storyboarding as a way of structuring it.

Second walk (The active walk)

Teheran Walk © Mary Ann Huslack (PDF file, size: 196 KB)

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Mo Lewis

Mo Lewis is a London artist working with photography. She studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art, and showed work with the Young Contempories touring exhibition. Drawing on local history and personal family records Mo Lewis traces her identity through a series of walks and visits to the houses, church and streets where her family once lived and worshipped, in Bermondsey and The Borough in Southwark.

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Signals5 – Art in Crystal Palace (September 2007)

As her contribution to this festival Mo took 5 separate people on the same walk she did as her individual project at the Tate Modern course. The festival is organised by Crystal Palace Artists, a community of over sixty artists living in the area.

Find out more at Mo Lewis website

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Maryclare Foa

Maryclare Foa is an artist based in London, working in performance, drawing and film.

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Stick*Stamp*Fly – Gasworks (August 2007)

A group show looking into posters as a means to communicate an event, an opinion or a rumour, as well as objects of design in their own right.

Maryclare Foa’s poster “Maryclare is a Liar” was one of the works selected from an open submission, and she contributed to “It’s going to be a long night”, a live event part of the exhibition, with an interactive performance in which visitors and special guests were invited to take a lie detector test.

Escorting the Commuters (2005)

Read about this performance piece in the Profiled Artworks Section.

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Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks is a film maker, sculptor and live artist based in London. She is a recipient of a current Artsadmin Bursary.

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SWIm (July 2007)

SWIm was an open invitation, all access swim across London, taking place on July 12, 2007 from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. SWIm was one of a series of works looking at people and our relationship with water in an urban setting. It is an attempt to forge a new understanding of ourselves and our vital resources, creating a new way to span our Capital within a large group collective.

SWIm © Amy Sharrock

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