4 days, 45+ miles, from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie Falls
Thanks Public Art Network!

Thanks Public Art Network!

The Long Walk, 2012 was selected as one of the top 50 public projects this year by the Public Art Network! The PAN Year in Review is the only national program that recognizes projects of excellence in public art. Thank you Long Walkers for helping to create and continuing to...
An Experiential Geography

An Experiential Geography

  For the second iteration of The Long Walk I embedded filmmaker Gabriel Miller and asked him capture the participants, places and projects found in The Walk, 2011. Over the course of the four day journey Gabriel followed our movements and interviewed the participants. Once we returned I tasked myself...
HAPPY 2013!

HAPPY 2013!

I couldn't have done it without you!

I couldn’t have done it without you!

A BIG THANK YOU! To all the donors who supported my US ARIST PROJECT CAMPAIGN Amber Angell; Jenny Asarnow; Howard Barlow; Eden Batki; Tamar Benzikry-Stern; John Behnke; Jenn Beyers; Taylor Binda; Brian Borrello; Tara Breitenbucher; Devra M Breslow; Jana Brevick; Paul Brown; Cath Brunner; Phil Campbell; Michelle Chihara; Kay Cuthbertson;...
Portable Long Walk

Portable Long Walk

Eroyn Franklin, artist and co-founder of the Short Run Small Press Festival, has created yet another beautiful book. Vantage documents The Long Walk, 2012, “with each scene, the texture of the ground unfurls into a tiny landscape.” Vantage (and her other exquisite ‘zines) are available from her Esty store at a...
A Dash And A Splash

A Dash And A Splash

  Celery, rose, and lemon were the flavors you could  choose from. Those, when added to ice-cold, hand-made seltzer alive with tiny bubbles, caused a near magical rift to form, giving us all a break from the heat and dust of the day. Film maker Web Crowell recently began a...
Walkers Remembered

Walkers Remembered

This year The Long Walkers honored the memory of two Long Walkers who passed away: Jenny Voncks, mountain climber, bicyclist, and Seal Sitter,  who, after a battle with brain caner, died on December 24, 2010 and Christopher Hoff, Seattle’s renown plein aire painter, who died unexpectedly this past spring. On the...
Sammamish River Story Line

Sammamish River Story Line

                        For The Long Walk 2012, Jenny Asarnow (audio artist, radio show producer for KUOW, and Long Walker from 2011) created Sammamish River Story Line, a series of audio stories/confessionals of people living and working near the Sammamish River Trail. Through the...
The amazing VALIE EXPORT ...

The amazing VALIE EXPORT …

„That is because I look at life as an endlessly moving sculpture, an extension of the body’s cavity into the galactic labyrinth. It is a genetic sculpture, billions of years old, and is unfinished. The trope of this sculpture is caught in the realm between reality and potentiality.“ Interview with...
Harvest Writing

Harvest Writing

This year The Long Walkers will have an encounter with Ox Bow Farm, fortuitously located directly in line with our path on Saturday morning, July 28th. At Ox Bow we will be harvesting produce and writing haiku from the vegetables’ point of view. Both poems and produce will make it...
Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise

On July 13th artist Rumi Koshino lead a ceramic wind chime making workshop at the Northwest Art Center in Duvall. Twenty-five folks from the community crafted chimes that will become part of a sonorous installation at The Long Walk’s Mid-Point Mash-Up held at McCormick Park on July 27th from 6-9pm....
Tasting the Trails

Tasting the Trails

This year, Colorado Springs based artist Eric Steen will  have the participants of The Long Walk literally ingesting the landscape. Eric is producing  a short run beer - with help from Courtney Ford, a brewer at Snoqualmie Brewery, and Jim Demetre, The Long Walk’s intrepid plant expert – crafted with plants that grow...
Are You Doin' Some Stuff with the Bicycle Choir

Are You Doin’ Some Stuff with the Bicycle Choir

Work on “Are You Doin’ Some Stuff? A Journey into the Slow Movement Movement” the upcoming film documenting The Long Walk, 2011 is progressing. It’s been difficult only in that there is so much great footage. Below is an outtake of The Bicycle Choir performing on a “stage” that is a repurposing...
Getting To Know Your Home

Getting To Know Your Home

In 2012, Matt Green walked across the US, from Rockaway Beach in New York to Rockaway Beach in Oregon, in 152 days pushing his belongings in a converted Runabout stroller. Walking simply makes him happy. He knew where he was headed but had no idea who he’d meet or what he’d see. Depending...
Walking Home

Walking Home

N55 is a Copenhagen-based Scandinavian art collective who work around issues of  art and everyday life. They created Walking House in 2008. The Walking House, a kind of bio RV, is a “modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal...
Walking and talking at Open Engagement

Walking and talking at Open Engagement

Chef Matt Dillon, best chef in the NW, discusses the dinner he prepared for The Long Walk, 2011

Chef Matt Dillon, best chef in the NW, discusses the dinner he prepared for The Long Walk, 2011

Matt Dillon, chef for The Long Walk’s “formal dinner” in 2011, was just named Best Chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation! Congratulations Matt! Below is a video of Matt discussing a trip to Lebanon, Arab Spring, and it’s connection to the meal he prepared for the participants of...
Start breaking in your walking shoes ...

Start breaking in your walking shoes …

  Stock up on moleskin and start breaking in your walking shoes, The Long Walk is ON – July 26th-29th! Once again,  Susan Robb will lead 50 trail trampers on a 4-day, 45-mile pedestrian adventure through the cities, suburbs, farmlands, and forests of King County using the Regional Trails System. In this work of...
4Culture's EXTRAORDINARY SPACES...EVERYDAY PLACES

4Culture’s EXTRAORDINARY SPACES…EVERYDAY PLACES

The Long Walk’s BFF 4Culture just posted this project profile about The Walk featuring part of an interview I gave last year.
Christopher Hoff

Christopher Hoff

A woman I met on the The Long Walk who has now become a dear friend texted me, “Have you heard about Christopher Hoff?” “No, what?” I texted back. Then the phone rang and my friend told me the terrible news that Christopher Hoff, painter, gentleman, and sweet soul, had...
Call for work

Call for work

THE LONG WALK, 2012: OPEN CALL FOR SITE SPECIFIC, PERFORMANCE, AND SOCIALLY ENGAGED PROJECTS The Long Walk seeks proposals for projects involving social-engagement, site specificity, lectures, performance, psychogeography, workshops, video, natural architecture, audio, ritual, and installation.   Proposals due: Monday, April 30, 2012 5:00 PM PST Event dates: Thursday, July...
The Long Walk 2012

The Long Walk 2012

Gather your mole skin and break out your trail mix The Long Walk 2012 is on! Once again I will lead a group of 50 participants 45+ miles over 4 days from the shore of Seattle to the falls of Snoqualmie. I wish I could take all of you, but unfortunately spaces...
Thanks!

Thanks!

Thanks to so much wonderful support, my US Artist Project campaign to fund “Are You Doin’ Some Stuff? A Journey into the Slow Movement Movement” was a success! I will begin editing it this spring and hope to be finished by early summer.
Catalog of commissioned art, 2011

Catalog of commissioned art, 2011

Todd Shalom Chef David Sanford Sarah Kavage Seattle Phonographer’s Union DK Pan and NKO Bicycle Choir Andrew Shmuely Emilia Kennedy Seattle Experimental Animators Team (SEAT) Britta Johnson Salise Hughes Jim Demetre Chef Matt Dillon          
Are You Doin' Some Stuff? A Journey into the Slow Movement Movement

Are You Doin’ Some Stuff? A Journey into the Slow Movement Movement

Help me fund the postproduction of a short documentary film about The Long Walk! As part of The LongWalk, 2011 I embedded award-winning filmmaker Gabriel Miller (www.kindredmedia.com) to capture the participants, art, and environment during the course of the journey. His footage is really stunning. Besides being beautifully shot it perfectly...
Thoughts from the host of Gunpowder Suite

Thoughts from the host of Gunpowder Suite

Number three in a series of reflections from participants of The Long Walk, 2011… sounds, collected By Christopher Bradbury   I like collecting sounds & field recordings, and I returned from The Long Walk with many hours of audio.  Since then I have been digging through those files, editing, labeling, and posting,...
Walking with Jim

Walking with Jim

  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but it’s not for the lack of interesting adventures, quite the opposite (for instance right this very second I am distilling essential oil from bear scat. I’m not kidding.) Many Long Walkers have been busy on projects boosted by our collective experience this...
Reflections on The Long Walk, 2011  - Pt.2

Reflections on The Long Walk, 2011 – Pt.2

From Blog4Culture summer days spent wandering beside the waters of babylon Aug 22nd, 2011 by Jordan Howland The second in a series of reflections on The Long Walk, 2011. D.K. Pan and NKO were commissioned by Susan Robb to create artwork for The Long Walk. D.K. and NKO have collaborated...
Reflections on The Long Walk - Pt.1

Reflections on The Long Walk – Pt.1

  From Blog4Culture reflections on the long walk…a pedestrian adventure Aug 18th, 2011 by Jordan Howland Susan Robb and a group of 50 trail trampers walked more than 45 miles along our fabulous Regional Trails System over the course of four days, July 28th-31st. They trekked from Golden Gardens Park...
Genius!

Genius!

Congratulations to d.k. Pan, a deserving recipient of a 2011 Stranger Genius Award! D.k. has masterminded all kinds of brilliant, subversive, funny, charming, pioneering (and I could keep piling on the superlatives) projects from The Bridge Motel to My Mother My Father to Free Sheep Foundation to. I was thrilled...
Walk Work

Walk Work

Here’s a little piece I conceived of while on the last day of The Walk. It will be included in Show and Tell a mobile gallery cruising the streets of New York City on August 13 & 14, from 12 – 7 pm You’ve Got Strong Legs. You’e Built Like...
From Seattlest

From Seattlest

Via Seattlest By Tyson Lynn in Arts and Events on August 2, 2011 4:00 PM The Long Walk Back As we mentioned last week, one of our writers, Tyson Lynn, participated in The Long Walk, a curated hike through King County. His pictures and thoughts on the project are below. Between 5:00 a.m....
Hollow Earth Tonight

Hollow Earth Tonight

I wish I could just empty my brain (and the contents of my phone and camera) into the blog but it will take a bit to process it all into a coherence the computer can understand. In the meantime, I invite  you all over to Hollow Earth Radio tonight, Tuesday...
Field Trip Part 2

Field Trip Part 2

When I went on my little field trip a few weekends ago with Sarah Kavage I took a photo of a wooden swirl afixed to a knot on a tree. It turns out that that is part of an on going project by print maker and public artist Dan Cautrell. He writes...
Walking vs Flying vs Scary-ass Roads

Walking vs Flying vs Scary-ass Roads

The flying men of Yungas valley. A true story.      
See America

See America

You see a lot more of America when you walk.
Family Style

Family Style

I’d like to introduce you to David Sanford. The Long Walk’s newest BFF. Overhearing me talk about needing more help  feeding The Long Walkers, David volunteered for the position. After chatting with David and learning that his goal is to “create experiences that remind people of our fundamental human connectedness...
Field Trip with Sarah

Field Trip with Sarah

Last weekend Sarah Kavage and I took a field trip/site visit. It was one of those exceptional Seattle summer days where the weather is perfect. We walked parts of the RTS, visited The Falls, checked out our future camp sites, and ate two pounds of Rainier cherries.   Here are...
The Party Everyone Is Looking For...

The Party Everyone Is Looking For…

…was last night. Chef Matt Dillon and the Corson Building Crew (including Rosie The Goat) threw down an amazing Bastille Day Soiree, Georgetown stylee, at the Corson Building compound in Seattle. Oysters, rosé, delicious snacks, old friends, new friends, The Vis à Vis Society, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (Eldridge has...
Review of NKO's show

Review of NKO’s show

Jen Graves reviewed NKO’s show on The Stranger Blog…. NKO’s “Another Total Failure of Language” posted by Jen Graves on MON, JUL 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM NKO’s show of art that colonized his freeway-side apartment, detailing a year’s worth of coping with traumatic brain injury, was only up for a few days. I’ve...
Moving Art

Moving Art

If you’re in New York City in August keep a look out for a pop-up exhibition I’m part of housed in a moving van and curated Victoria Yee Howe and Sierra Stinson’s. Sierra’s Seattle-based “openings only” gallery Vignettes is an amazing little art portal and one of my favorite galleries...
New Work by NKO - Another Total Failure of Language

New Work by NKO – Another Total Failure of Language

  NKO Another Total Failure of Language Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 26 2011 The Dover – 901 6th AVE #309 Seattle WA 98102 Artist Reception: Tuesday, June 21 5 – 10pm Another Total Failure of Language is Seattle-based artist NKO’s look at his past year dealing with a...
Todd Shalom gays up the dérive

Todd Shalom gays up the dérive

I met Todd Shalom four or five years ago at Walter De Maria’s Lightning Fields in New Mexico. We wandered around the desert together watching jackrabbits, strange insects, and the light change while talking about love and relationships. Year later we both started walking projects (oddly enough, another artist who...
The Geography of Contemporary Geography

The Geography of Contemporary Geography

I met Emilia Kennedy and Andrew Shmuely, doctoral students in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, when they stayed at my studio while attending a geography conference in Seattle.  After briefly getting to know each other we quickly noticed that, while our methods are different,...
Floraforum

Floraforum

I recently met with Jim Demetre, one of  Seattle’s (few) art critics and the publisher and editor of Artdish, an online journal of Northwest art criticism.  He is also a noted horticulturist, landscape designer, naturalist, and former gardener for the City of Seattle. We talked about punk rock, the necessity...
Party in the Park

Party in the Park

The Seattle Art Museum and I invite you to Party in the Park on Friday, June, 17th from 8pm – 12am Along with the DJs, bands, and food carts that will be in attendance, SAM invited me to create fragrances inspired by the Olympic Sculpture Park (Parks and walking have...
TLW is "SOLD OUT"

TLW is “SOLD OUT”

The Long Walk “sold out” in 5 hours! Thank you for all your interest and enthusiasm. If you didn’t get a reservation and would like to get your name on the waiting list (and be alerted about any future iterations of The Long Walk), please email Jordan Howland: jordan.howland@4culture.org
Bad at Sports interview with walking artist Hamish Fulton

Bad at Sports interview with walking artist Hamish Fulton

http://badatsports.com/2011/episode-282-hamish-fulton/ An intimate conversation with artist Hamish Fulton and Duncan MacKenzie, Co-Host of Bad at Sports Hamish Fulton first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of a number of artists – including Richard Long and Gilbert & George – who were exploring new forms of sculpture and...
Weee, weeee, weeee

Weee, weeee, weeee

Foot pain and blisters ran rampant during The Long Walk, 2010. The walk coincided with some of the hottest days of the year (95+ degrees), feet were sweaty and swollen,  and in some cases, shoe choice ranged from the obviously questionable to the downright perplexing. By the last day many...
Reason for Walking #763

Reason for Walking #763

In Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory Lucy Lippard writes “An Eskimo custom offers an angry person release by walking the emotion out of his or her system in a straight line across the landscape; the point at which the anger is conquered is marked with a stick,...
Moon the Transformer Creates the World as We Know it

Moon the Transformer Creates the World as We Know it

Moon the Transformer In the Old Days all the people, the animals, plants, rocks and trees and rivers, supernatural beings, even the weather–everything!–was alive and could think and act much as human beings do today. But they also all had personal powers that we cannot imagine, like the ability to...
Gathering People like Thoughts

Gathering People like Thoughts

  In May I attended Open Engagement, “an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration, directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes and planned in conjunction with Harrell Fletcher and the Art and Social Practice students”. At a talk by the women who founded Pland I...

The Long Walk, a time-based, ”open-source”, and socially engaged art event, That grew out of a collaboration with Stokely Towles as part of 4Culture’s Trail Project. She and a group of fifty trail trampers will walk more than 45 miles along the King County Regional Trails System (RTS) in Western Washington...

THE LONG WALK, led by Susan Robb, is a work of land art featuring elements of performance and social engagement. Now in its third iteration, Robb will again take a group of fifty self-selecting trail trampers on a 4-day, 45-mile journey through the cities, suburbs, farmlands, and forests of King County using the Regional Trails System (RTS) . As they travel on foot from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie Falls, participants will experience a shift in their sense of time, a new understanding of the local geography, and the creation of an interstitial culture.