Whirring down the Capuijnenstraat, 2017
After-dinner walking score footnote intervention.
Artist Erik Benjamins has contributed a sub-textual intervention into the narrative space of this book. Utilizing the form and space of the footnote, Benjamins takes the reader on a gestational walk through the text. ¶ Beginning in the hidden endpapers of the publication, and continuing through the contributed texts and on into the adjacent bibliography, this guided ambulation offers spaces for pause, consideration, and digestion. — Sarah Higgins.
Whirring... is a score of instructions, proposals, and observations for the walking, eating body. It reflects on and responds to some utopic time spent as a participant in a masterclass on walking at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Over seven days we walked and talked and ate around the poetics, practicalities, and politics of walking and art practices.
On our first day, unusually hot for the time of year, we crossed into Belgium by foot for a beer and a rest. Our short time together culminated in a public program of guided walks as well as the publication of a small booklet of walking scores, risograph printed at the famed Charles Nypels print lab at the Van Eyck.
Commissioned by Sarah Higgins, curator of Gut Feelings at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA. Gut-sized catalog design and footnote layout by Benjamin Critton Art Dept. The Drive of Walking masterclass occurred in the fall of 2016 and was led by Yeb Wiersma and David Helbich. A jumbo-sized postcard adaptation has since been made. As a footnote intervention, this work is indebted to Honey Hunger Pangs. Thank you Ben, Sarah, Yeb, David, and the DoW walkers.