In a continuing series throughout the duration of The Walking Encyclopaedia, we'll be highlighting, daily, the works of several practitioners who employ the walk within their practice. Each of the highlighted artists and artworks were submitted for exhibition to The Walking Encyclopaedia. In each case alongside their artist statement, a link to the artist's website is provided for further exploration.
The Walking Encyclopaedia is a co-production between AirSpace Gallery and the Walking Artists Network.
Lucy Harrison is an artist based in London. Her recent work investigates the subjective nature of the experience of place and connections between memory, location and architecture. It takes the form of photographs, book works, video and various forms of printed and published material. Her projects often engage with the public realm through collaboration, encounter and exchange, and involve residents of a place in the work.
The process Lucy uses to work with groups of people varies, and ranges from collecting oral histories which are used in audio works and films, to inviting people to re-imagine the places where they live, producing collaborative alternative guidebooks, maps and posters. The notion of the guided tour or walk is enacted in different ways with different groups, and new ways of exploring place and community are considered through collected texts, photography and audio recording. With some projects this can become a playful activity which is then presented in formats mimicking more official publications and ephemera.
Her most recent project is Carnaby Echoes, which investigated some of the less well known musical heritage of the Carnaby Street area, including early jazz clubs and a ska reggae club which despite being highly influential in the 1960s was not always given the mainstream coverage it deserved. The project culminated in a series of films available online, a mobile phone app, and plaques marking out 15 buildings on the Carnaby estate. www.carnabyechoes.com
Other recent projects include Mapping Your Manor (2011), a commission for the Olympic Delivery Authority which culminated in a series of audio recordings made with people who live or work near to the edge of the Olympic Park.
During the past few years she has developed projects such as Canvey Guides, (2007), which involved working with local residents to make an ‘alternative’ guide to the island, and included the setting up of the Rendezvous Walking Club. In 2008 she worked on a commission for Art on the Underground at Stratford station, east London, and produced a newspaper called The Stratford Grapevine, written by people who live or work in Stratford and given away in the station to passers-by.