This the home of the Walking as Drawing Project by Billy Friebele. It began at the Conflux Festival in New York, NY. It has since traveled to Miami, FL; Washington, DC; Cuzco, Peru; Jatiwangi, Indonesia; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Long Island City, NY; and Amsterdam, NL.
Here are the collected paths of participants in Amsterdam, NL from the Spaces & Flows Conference on 11.22.13. Thanks to everyone who took the time to walk. The group was from nations all over the world, and from a variety of disciplines: architects, urban planners, designers, artists, and theorists. I really enjoyed the thoughtful and challenging questions during my session and it was great to see everyone engage in the project from the different perspectives of their research.
Walking in Amsterdam is obviously controlled by canals and bridges. It started raining in the middle of the walk and I am sure that this affected some of the walks in interesting ways. Some said that they stuck with familiar pathways, others looked for a coffee shop to duck into. Several people took the opportunity to reach a green space such as the zoo or a park.
Starting in front of PS1 in Long Island City, we walked for 30
minutes on Saturday 9.21.13 starting at 4:30 pm. Thanks to El Paper Magazine and Local Project!
I think it's interesting how the grid imposes itself on the paths, but the diagonals cut across that pattern. From the conversations I had with people, various factors influenced their walks from the wind (it was intense) to avoiding where they worked. One participant added rules to the project, following the color red through the streets. Check out Richard Alomar's amazing sketch blog here: http://nycsketch.blogspot.com/
The city is divided up in circular Anillos, or
rings. There are at least 6 inner anillos. I thought this was
interesting coming from DC where the beltway surrounds the city. I
decided to make this a part of the walking project. I made the limits of
the walk the first anillo, which worked out well since Patino is in the
center of the city. Residents
of Santa Cruz met at Fundacion Simon I. Patino and picked up maps. We
walked for an hour around sunset.
I took the abstract lines of the collected paths and made a wall drawing
with tape collected from local shops. Some of the tapes were shiny and
caught the light of passing cars. This was in front of a window on a
11 people gathered at the Jatiwangi Art Factory on July 30th, 2011.
They walked through the small village of Jatiwangi for one hour,
thinking of their paths as drawings. Thanks to everyone who came out to
This was the first time I have made a
drawing with a group in a more rural setting. I think it is interesting
how the lines are much more varied and erratic because there are small
alleys and passageways everywhere. The aerial view shows that the houses
developed without a city plan. This area is known for producing the
ceramic roof tiles that most Indonesian houses utilize. These tiles are
used all over the village: to construct walls, for walkways, and for
Jatiwangi Art Factory is located in the center of the village, and
is housed in a roof tile factory. Arief Yudi and a group of 38 artists,
musicians, designers, video and producers have created a strong art
residency and art production space that focuses on interaction with the
community. They still run a ceramic shop and produce musical instruments
and record interesting percussion music. The have an independent radio
station in the back yard as well!
We met in the
gallery space and discussed the project. Then they walked for an hour.
One participant said that this was the first time he had walked through
Jatiwangi village. Most people use motorcycles to get around.
next day I ran a workshop on 'Experimental Drawing' and we created a
series of process works. It was great to interact with artists and
musicians on this level. Even though we spoke different languages, we
were able to communicate through art making, and they poured a lot of
energy into their artwork.
Thanks to Jatiwangi Art
Factory for hosting me! It was great to see a group of artists so
motivated to link their artwork with the community.