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Marŝarto Awards judging criteria

This text describes the context and criteria for judging submissions for the Marŝarto Awards.

Background

In the context of having to judge many of the works remotely, it is challenging to value submitted works in the context of their geographical space. We recognise this and aim to make the process of judging individual works somewhat easier.

Eligibility

Every walking piece that is not a sound walk, created after January 1 in the previous year, and is submitted to WLC’s library of works, is eligible.

It is perhaps necessary to mention that winners and honourable mentions are recognised as an artist’s project or piece, not an artist’s body of work.

Work by members of the Online Jury and Grand Jury can be submitted for the awards. Members of the Online Jury can not vote for their own work. Work by members of the Grand Jury and work by founders of WLC can be shortlisted, but can not win, or receive an honourable mention.

Members of the Grand Jury who have been involved with shortlisted work, but are not listed as one of the creators, are requested to excuse themselves from voting on that work.

Limitations

It is unlikely that the jurors can experience a site-specific work in-situ. Therefore, it can be difficult to assess a piece that is designed for a particular place, without physically being present.

To somewhat ameliorate this, creators can add third-party links describing their work, and can invite others to write about their experiences ‘consuming’ their work, all within our website.
In principle, jurors only review what is submitted. They are not expected to look for context of the work, or the artist, even if some might. 

Criteria

Walking pieces are judged against the following criteria:

Walking

‘Walking’ is integral to the work. That is, it is experienced as a walk. Walking is what gives the work its meaning, or it is the medium through which meaning is produced.

Research and context

The work grows out of research, or a line of inquiry, that contributes to, or expands, the field of walking art, in terms of either discourse, practices or concepts. Such research may derive from, but is not limited to, fields such as ecology, psychogeography, kinesiology and performance, landscape understanding, body-mind relationship, community building, territory awareness, political contexts, or occupied territories. The piece demonstrates awareness, on the part of the artist, of the questions that ‘walking art’ raises, as well as how it contributes to the discourse.

Contribution to walking art

The work makes a contribution to walking art in particular, that is, it furthers discourse, expands practices, deepens concepts. This can also mean it has an artistic, or poetic, dimension, and can bring out an emotional response, reflections on the part of the audience, or involvement and commitment, either directly from ‘consuming’ the work, or from following the documentation process.

Production quality

The piece is professional and well designed.

walking library

A library filled with books suggested as good to take for a walk. (Deirdre Heddon & Misha Myers, 2012)

Added by Deirdre Heddon

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