A pair of critical artwalks organised by Livingmaps Network in association with The Walking Artists Network. The walks follow the public sculpture trail known as The Line. The walks address the role which public art plays in rebranding an area for cultural consumption, and explore how this links to the neo-liberal narrative of urban regeneration, specifically in relation to London’s Docklands.
For those interested in public art, in contemporary urbanism and London’s Docklands, or who just want a congenial Sunday stroll around one of the city’s most striking land and waterscapes. The walks are led by East London community artists/activists, Alberto Duman and Blake Morris who will create a framework for discussion and debate around particular artworks including sculptures by Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi, Abigail Fallis and many more. We’ll be taking the Line for a walk, and together with those participating will ask ‘If these sculptures are place-makers for a new London what kind of city do they speak for?’
Both the morning walks will converge on the Royal Victoria Dock for a bring-your-own picnic lunch at 1pm. At 2pm there will be an opportunity to take the alternative walk, finishing at 4pm. Your ticket entitles you to take part in both morning and afternoon walks but does not include lunch or the trip on the Emirates cable car (£3.40 adult single).
South Walk: O2 North Greewich/Royal Victoria Dock
Alberto Duman will take on the Greenwich Peninsula section of the Line as it turns into a full circle to incorporate the sculptural legacy of the Millennium Dome days into its own collection. On route, we will stray off the ‘official line’ of the Line, wondering whether these ‘totems inscribing the land’ are anything more than a London version of the much-praised High Line in New York or oversized selling points for the Greenwich Peninsula development made to attract willing pioneers into its selling pitch.
Morning: 11am Meet at the entrance to 02 (North Greenwich Jubilee line)
Afternoon: 2pm Start from Royal Victoria Dock and take Emirates Cable Car
over to Greenwich Peninsular.
North Walk: Olympic Park/Royal Victoria Dock
Blake Morris will lead participants through the creation of a memory palace in response to the North side of the Line. Memory palaces are based on an ancient Greek technique for remembering and build on the power of spatial memory. Together walkers will transform the line into a living archive that stores the memories of the walk and our responses to the site. We will turn the sculpture trail into a site specific semi-permanent imaginary installation open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those who can imagine it.
Morning: Meet 11am Pudding Mill Lane Station (DLR)
Afternoon: 2pm Start from The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock (DLR)
Alberto Duman was recently Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at University of East London with the project Music for Masterplanning and works with DIG Collective. He is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University.
Blake Morris is a walking artist and postgraduate researcher at the University of East London. He is a founding member of the New York City based Walk Exchange, and a section editor for the Living Maps Review. Examples of his artistic practice can be found at This is not a Slog.
Tickets: £10/£5 concessions