a direction out there – readwalking with thoreau

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A double cd and digital release / a text score and prepared text / a book.

“Readwalking”, two words brought together to describe a simultaneous act of reading and walking, of reading as walking, of walking as reading, of sounding a text about walking, step by step, one word calling the other, following one’s senses, like Thoreau.

– The double CD (Edition Wandelweiser, June 2021) brings together four contrasting interpretations of an open score and the act of readwalking at its core, each track taking an entirely different direction out there. The individual and collective renditions are based on a radical pruning of David Henri Thoreau’s transcendental essay about walking (1851). Footnotes provide suggestions on how to speak, sing, sound the remaining words, alone or with others, inside or outside, sitting, standing or walking.

readwalking in le puid (43:28) – schuppe (voice), thut (viol)
readwalking in thornton heath (06:50) – waeckerlé (voice)
readwalking in haan (31:32) – beuger (harmonica, children glockenspiel, voice), schimag (lyre, voice)
readwalking remotely (30:10) – reber (field recording, electronics), waeckerlé (voice)

The score and the double CD are available from
https://www.wandelweiser.de/_e-w-records/_ewr-catalogue/ewr2109-10.html
The digital release is on bandcamp:
https://ewaeckerle.bandcamp.com/album/a-direction-out-there-readwalking-with-thoreau

– A direction out there – readwalking (with) Thoreau, a pocket size book bringing together the prepared text, the score and two essays: Michael Hampton on the literary flaneur, Vicky Smith on Ecriture Feminine and media permeability, will be available from MA BIBLIOTHEQUE in September 2021.

‘Wherever a (wo)man separates from the multitude, and goes her own way in this mood, there indeed is a fork in the road’. Life without principle, (Henry David Thoreau, 1863)

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a (French) London-based artist, experimental vocalist, free improviser and curator whose practice has evolved from the single discipline of fine art photography into multiple, interconnected work zones: conceptual writing, performance, new musical composition and artist-publishing. Her works emerge between poetic scores (that also exist as artist publications) and occasions for their activation (installations, performances). Her music and scores are distributed by Edition Wandelweiser. Some of her artists publications are in collections including V&A, the Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, The Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Centre Des Livres d’Artistes. Emmanuelle is a reader in fine art and relational practices at University for the Creative Art in Farnham.

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