SUGGESTED READING:
“INTRODUCTION: A WALK IN AND OUT OF ART HISTORY” A few steps in a revolution of everyday life: Walking with the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus by Lori Waxman. http://gradworks.umi.com/34/08/3408359.html

SUGGESTED WALK: Night Drift - Against the Master Clock

Also see: Night Drift in St. Louis - Friday, July 10th 7-10:30pm


SUGGESTED READING: A Walk In and Out of Art History

For our second reading of the Tactical Walking Training Course series, we will consider “INTRODUCTION: A WALK IN AND OUT OF ART HISTORY” from Lori Waxman’s doctoral thesis, A few steps in a revolution of everyday life: Walking with the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus.

Abstract
My dissertation examines key junctures in twentieth-century artistic practice where walking has proved a central device for art making: amid the Surrealist, Situationist International, and Fluxus projects. The ambulatory tactics of these movements provide a paradigm for non-object-based art today, as exemplified by Richard Wentworth, Janet Cardiff, and Francis Alÿs, among others. Bipedalism has long been represented in painting, and certainly artists of past centuries have walked to scenic vistas and sketched them, but only in the twentieth century, alongside the rapprochement of art and life and the rise of performance art, has walking itself become art: witness the Surrealist itinerary, the Situationist dérive, the Fluxus walking tour. When art looks so much like life, it is critical to examine the specificity of the practice in question—walking—and how it can be used to resist dominant orders.

Lori Waxman is a Chicago-based critic and art historian. She writes a biweekly column in the Chicago Tribune and has published in Artforum, Artforum.com, Modern Painters, Gastronomica, Parkett, Tema Celeste, as well as the sadly defunct Parachute, New Art Examiner, and FGA. She has written catalogue essays for small and large art spaces, including Spertus Museum and Three Walls Gallery in Chicago; Spaces Gallery in Cleveland; INOVA in Milwaukee, WI; Turpentine Gallery, Iceland; and Dieu Donné Papermill, New York. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed a doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, about urban walking as a revolutionary aesthetic practice of the 20th century.

See: http://60wrdmin.org/

SUGGESTED WALK: Night Drift - Against the Master Clock

Please do not use your mobile devices during the walk.



About Tactical Walking Training Course
Tactical Walking Training Course has been developed as part of FLOAT 2015: Tactical Walking Camp [An Imperative to Map], organized by Sarrita Hunn with The Luminary (St. Louis, MO). On each of the six weeks of this “training course” leading up to FLOAT 2015, we will publicly share our readings (and other media) and suggested walks on The Luminary’s blog. We encourage others to follow along and perhaps even organize their own reading/walking groups. We hope this training course will provide a common set of references and starting points for collective discussions around the intersections of art, activism, and community organizing.