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Desire Paths

Contemporary Artists and Walking

Barbara Lounder, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

3 contemporary artists works

“Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

“Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

Desire Paths

A desire path is a trail caused by erosion when a walker chooses to make a route, independent of a pre-existing sidewalk or roadway provided for them.

“Mobility is practice, and practice is often conflated with mobility. To move is to do something. Moving involves making a choice within, or despite, the constraints of society and geography.”

(Cresswell and Merriman, 2011)

“Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

A 28-minute film made in collaboration with Rafael Ortega and Artangel

Other pieces in this series include “Railings” and “Nightwatch”

Guards” was filmed in the City of London

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005. Still image of Guardsmen preparing, and reproduction of notes for the “score” (directions) for the project.

Still image of Guardsmen preparing, and reproduction of notes for the “score” (directions) for the project.
Still image of Guardsmen preparing, and reproduction of notes for the “score” (directions) for the project.

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “ Guards ”, b y Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005. Selection of six still images from the 28-minute film.

Guards ”, b y Francis Alÿs, 2004- 2005 . S e l ec ti on o

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “ Guards ”, b y Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “ Guards ”, b y Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005

From “Guards”, by Francis Alÿs, 2004-2005 (still image from security video camera footage)

From “ Guards ”, b y Francis Alÿs, 2004- 2005 (s till image f rom secur

News photograph from Bishopsgate (City of London) IRA bombing, 1993

N ews p h o t ograp h f rom Bishopsgate ( Cit y o f

Image from 2004 video entitled “Shoeshine”, by Alÿs with Rafael Ortega, shown along with “Guards” in the group exhibition “On Walking”, Sunderland UK, 2013

by Alÿs with Rafael Ortega, shown along with “Guards” in the group exhibition “On Walking”, Sunderland

Detail from news photograph of Guardsman Anthony James Wakefield, 1 st Batallion of the Coldstream Guards, who was killed in an ambush while on patrol in Al Amarah, southern Iraq, May 2, 2005.

, w h o was kill e d i n an ambush w hil e on

Walk (Square), 2011, by Melanie Manchot

A 20-minute HD single screen film work, presented as a large scale projection

Features 1000 children, enlisted from 13 different schools in Hamburg, who all move across the city to convene in the square in front of the Deichtorhollen

Still from Bruce Nauman’s 1967-68 video (film) piece “Walking in an Exaggerated Manner around the Perimeter of a Square. This work is cited by Melanie Manchot in relation to her piece “Walk (Square), 2011”.

. Thi s wor k i s c it e d b y Melanie Manchot i

Detail from Kate Greenaway’s illustration for the cover and frontispiece of Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin”, published in 1888. The story of the Pied Piper is cited by Melanie Manchot in reference to her work “Walk (Square), 2011”.

s t ory o f th e Pi e d Pi per i s c it

Still image from black and white segment of the video “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot. View is of the courtyard in front of the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.

video “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot. View is of the courtyard in front of the

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from Walk (Square)”, showing the square gradually filling as children arrive.

i mage f rom “ W a lk ( S quare )”, s h ow i

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from “Walk (Square), 2011”, by Melanie Manchot

Still image from “Walk (Square)”. The square is now filled with children, and the image is in colour.

Still image from “Walk (Square)”. The square is now filled with children, and the image is

Still image from Walk (Square)”, showing the children walking in concentric square formation.

f rom “ W a lk ( S quare )”, s h ow i ng th

South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

One piece from a trilogy of small group walks, “Get Over It”

Walk was from the south to the north side of the city, across a historic military site

Images were projected while walking, and photos were made of the walk

A typical south end neighbourhood in Halifax, where South North Walkbegan

A t yp i ca l sou th en d neighbourhood i n H a lif

A typical north end neighbourhood in Halifax, where South North Walkended

A t yp i ca l north end neighbourhood i n H a lif ax ,

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “ S ou th North W a lk ”, B ar b ara L oun

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “ S ou th North W a lk ”, B ar b ara L oun

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “ S ou th North W a lk ”, B ar b ara L oun

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “ S ou th North W a lk ”, B ar b ara L oun

From “South North Walk”, Barbara Lounder, 2011

From “ S ou th North W a lk ”, B ar b ara L oun

Desire Paths Contemporary Artists and Walking

In sum, the cultural, social and political resonances that walking has been shown to have are those encompassed by the moving human body, and they must now exceed its physical form.”

- Hayden Lorimer

Artistsinformation

To see a slideshow of Guards by Francis Alys, go

tohttp://www.artangel.org.uk//projects/2005/seven_walks/slideshow_gua

rds/four_guards

Videos of other works by Francis Alÿs can be viewed athttp://www.francisalys.com

For information about Melanie Manchots projects, go to http://www.melaniemanchot.net

Melanie Manchot’s Walk (Square) 2011 can be viewed at

http://vimeo.com66217901

For more information about me and my work, visithttp://www.barbaralounder.ca