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Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a London based academic, artist, composer and improviser

interested in the materiality and musicality of language. She is Reader in Fine Art and

Relational Practices and director of bookRoom at UCA Farnham.


Her practice and research evolve across multiple interconnected work zones – conceptual

writing, performance, new musical composition, artist-publishing, curating (here.here concert

series, Cosy Nook). Her music and scores are distributed by Wandelweiser editions. Latest releases include Walking in Air, Performance Research ‘On Air’, with Will Montgomery (Sept 2022) - The Way We Blend Podcast (July 2022) - Walking in Air in Thornton Heath, Le centre des livres d’artistes (2021) - Photobooks &, Matt Johnston, edited by E. Waeckerlé (Onomatopee, 2021) - A Direction Out There: Readwalking (with) Thoreau (MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE, Edition Wandelweiser, 2021).


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Walking in Air in Ditchling


lodge hill



Saturday 28th May 2022, 11.30 am.


Lambing is a critical time in the farming year beware ponds deep water (opening and closing gate) caution

deep water

walking in air uphill to lodge hill CAUTION DEEP WATER lambing season

(slightly out of breath)

walking in air

on unfamiliar ground (out of breath) breathless

one step at a time

gentle breeze soft grassy ground

two small planes high up in the sky cloudy with

speckles of blue two small planes chasing each other

I am walking in air

between earth and sky my breath the air my breath of air joining

one to the other

following a small path grassy path at the top of lodge hill on a small plateau a small path

made step by step by those walking it

breath by breath by those breathing it groundless ground

boundless ground invisible silent endless

boundless groundless air I am walking in walking through walking with

arresting view of the downs green grounded downs against cloudy sky speckles of blue moving slowly

gentle breeze brushing against the skin of my arms my face

I am walking in air step by step breath by breath thinking about the walking and the air I am walking in

speaking about walking on dry grass and the air

I am walking in step follows breath follows

step follows breath follows step

follows the grassy path circling around the barrow at the top of lodge hill a circular path

endless path

no beginning no end

like the air I am walking in breathing in breathing at breathing out breath follows step

grounded ground for my feet groundless boundless invisible ground for my thoughts for my lungs

.

freshly cut grass crisp

under the sole of my feet as I am walking in air on the barrow at the top of lodge hill big open sky

gentle breeze

I am walking in air murmuring as it brushes my ears


I am walking in air

tracing a path

step by step breath by breath

a continuous path

crossing itself in between two little mounds of dry grass

that I have positioned at about twenty steps

normal walking steps from each other as I am walking in air circling step by step the first little mound and crossing to the other side

in diagonal so that I can circle the other mount

from an opposite direction and crossing the line joining them again

so that I can circle the other mount of grass from left to right

until my steps take me across the line the straight line that joins them

so that I am now circling the other mount from left to right until I am

crossing again and again and again the straight line that joins the two mounds

of grass so that I can circle each one in turn before crossing the line that

joins them directly thus creating a path without beginning nor end

walking in air on an endless path

that I created between two small mounds of dry grass

by repeatedly crossing the line the straight line that joins them doing so

after circling each one

my feet following this continuous path between two grassy points breath following

steps eyes following steps

scanning the trees the bushes the blackbird flying past the small plane high in the sky more trees bigger trees

the south downs in the distance more trees

my feet know the path leaving my eyes my ears my skin my muscles my mind free to be

in air to think of air

to feel the

air around as much as in side me a wood pigeon crosses my view as I am walking in air

elderflowers in full bloom as I am walking with air

on this continuous path between two small mounds of dry grass about twenty steps apart


a few more steps and breath until I reach the point where I began

a cheering crowd in the distance uncanny timing.


(whispering) I am standing in air

my feet firmly on the ground my eyes

closed my ears

wide open

(whistle)

(whistle)


my breath couldn’t resist the urge to respond

with a gentle whistle

of air

the urge to belong the urge to feel to prove my connection

to it all

the birds don’t care but I do.


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a small path




Three scores for walking in air



a small grassy path

made step by step

by those walking it

breath by breath by those

breathing it _________undless boundless

ground invisible si




walking in through with air

a circular path endless path

no beginning no end

like the air I am breathing in

breathing at breathing out


a continuous path crossing itself

between two little mounds of dry grass

creating without beginning

nor end an endless path between

breath following steps

eyes following steps scanning __________


the small plane high in t



he s

I am standing in air

feet firmly on the ground

eyes closed ears wide open

my breath couldn’t resi

the urge to respond


the urge the urge to prove

my connection ________



grounded ground


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The Walking in Air project spent the weekend of 28-29 May at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft. Participants were Will Montgomery and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (the two project organisers), artist / composer Ryoko Akama and poet Carol Watts. We walked separately and together, finding different ways of bringing the element of air into contact with the activity of walking.

Here are some of my traces of this local fieldwork. I chose to walk to Lodge Hill a small ridge hill topped by a Bronze Age barrow, and improvise a text on air, breathing and thinking in the present moment. The recording of which I subsequently transcribed, then later redacted to three short poetic blueprints and possible scores for Walking in Air in Ditchling or elsewhere.


Traces of preliminary Walking in Air fieldwork undertaken during lockdown 2020 have been published in Walking in Air, co-authored with Will Montgomery, Performance Research ‘On Air’, Vol 26 issue 7 (Sept 2022).

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