About walking

15 months of artist walks in Tāmaki Auckland

Edited by Christina Houghton, Melissa Laing and Becca Wood

Published by Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, About walking documents and discusses performance based walks travelling through time, across a 15-month period, and through geography, across west Auckland. This diverse program of works investigated walking as an artistic strategy in the context of Aotearoa and positioned walking as a participatory activity, co-performed by the artist and walkers – together or together-apart.

The beautifully illustrated publication brings together discussions on the history and practice of walking-as-art and the integration of maramataka into the fabric of programming and creating, as well as artist reflections, commissioned responses to individual works, excerpts from performance scripts, and a manifesto. 

Softcover: $5 from the Te Uru shop – order online here

Epub: free download here



val smith: queer walk-nap

A reflection by Alys Longley

A reflection by Alys Longley

val smith: queer walk nap, a reflection by Alys Longley is published as a special digital addition to About walking: 15 months of artist walks in Tāmaki Auckland recently released in print and as an epublication. 

Published by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, this essay is a poetic response to the performance project queer walk-nap by val smith, which happened over sunset, midday, dawn, sunset and midnight between 15 February 2020 and 16 February 2020, traveling across west Auckland from Te Wai Orea, Western Springs to Lopdell House, Titirangi. As part of both the About walking series and Auckland Pride Festival, this walking project incorporated queer time-passing, microterritories, eels and otherworlds within other worlds, as described by essayist Longley. The essay, accompanied by the very few photos that were taken, along with responsive drawings, offers an alternative to more conventional approaches to documentation of performance, offering a slow embodied response to the artist’s practice.