Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Walking East 002

Friends, Family, Colleagues, Mentors, Internet-Strangers,

I'd like to let you know about a walking project that I will commence this evening (Wednesday, November 28, 2012) at 6:00 pm.

This is the second of a series of walks I plan to undertake over the next ten months. Each will start in downtown Vancouver and head eastwards, according to some rules that I've listed at the bottom of this message.

In the first walk, I was struck by the vastly different perspective I had of an area that I've lived in for so long. I was also struck by the complete distance I felt from the people in my immediate vicinity, and of my inability to share what I was experiencing in an immediate, direct and personal way. So this time around, I am inviting you to give me a phone call.

I invite you to call any time between sunrise and 9 pm, and I invite you to share the phone number, and/or this email, with anyone else who might be interested. My cellphone number is 778-319-2405. No pressure! I don't expect you to call, and if you do, the conversation doesn't have to be a long one.

Walking East - First Walk – Second Night

The walks have a variety of meanings for me: They are an excuse to get outside, a means to use my whole body and mind to learn, to come to new understandings of the landscape and the beings that surround me. I'm also seeing it as a part of my art practice, as a means to create art, as art in itself, and as a program of research for my Masters of Applied Arts degree. Above all, it is something I enjoy more than I ever would have imagined.

Here are the parameters of the walk:

- Start at Emily Carr University and walk Eastwards.

- When I don't know which route is more East, choose between them completely randomly.

-A route can be any linear trace created by human and/or non-human: road, sidewalk, deer trail, stream bank, ridgeline, gully.

- Do not knowingly trespass.

- Buy food along the way, but do notstray from the random route to buy food.

- The walk ends when I miss a meal or become exceedingly uncomfortable.  

Map of First Walk

Wish me luck!

- Jay White

Friday, November 9, 2012

After Walking East

A couple weeks ago, I did a random walk eastwards, which I called Walking East. Every time I couldn't tell which route was more East, I would randomly choose between the routes. I considered a route to be any kind of linear path, including roads, sidewalks, streambanks, deer trails and ridge lines. I decided that I would stop as soon as I missed a meal. I don't want to give too many details at the moment, except for what I'm posting below: