To complement The Walking Encyclopaedia
, AirSpace Gallery is proud to present Paths of Variable Resistance
– a solo exhibition of new and existing works inspired by, using or about walking by Tim Knowles
. An acclaimed international walking artist, Knowles is interested in removing his control from his work, often incorporating the use of elaborate apparatus or time consuming practices to introduce a sense of chance and unpredictability.
In Paths of Variable Resistance
, Knowles exhibits a number of new and existing walking works that utilise systems, rules and mechanisms to direct and record walks made by the artist or his collaborators. In all cases the route of the walk [and the outcome of the work] was unknown to the artist / participant but dictated by a proscribed rule or structure.
Kielder Forest Walk, 2013
8hr single channel HD video and large scale in inkjet prints [installation - dimensions variable]. Presented [continuously looping] on a monitor in the window of AirSpace gallery.
An Attempt to walk in a straight line through the forest for 8hrs.Following two
compasses, Knowles walks in as straight a line as possible through Kielder Forest, the largest coniferous forest in England, passing through areas of varying ages [1926 - 2012] with a variety of densities, canopy height and species. At times dense and almost impassable, at other times uniform and monotonous in every direction. Sections of wind damage, a tangled mess of fallen tree trunks and areas of majestic ancient forest carpeted in moss are all captured on video and over 6000 still images as I steadily move forward through the forest.
Waterwalk - Path of Least Resistance
Wall drawing, C-Type prints and mixed media objects, dimensions variable
Path of Least Resistance acted as a mechanism to dictate people's routes, walking in an unknown, uncharted way. Whilst the starting points and the finish were known, the route was directed by a set of rules and the landscape itself.
Participants walked as if they were water running off the land, trying to find its way down to the sea pulled by gravity. Departing from different starting points along the valley's watershed, set out equally and marked with numbered flags. Initially the walkers took their own diverse paths of least resistance, steadily working their way downhill. However as the walk developed they dropped into the same folds in the landscape, joining in various valleys, following streams downhill until they all meet at the finish point - the confluence of the two rivers marked with further flags.
Each individual carried a GPS logger that recorded their path. This data was then used to create a drawing built up of the multiple tracks, revealing the nature of the landscape and the participants adherence to the rules.
Tracking shots, 2013
A series of small photographs taken whilst tracking the routes of participants in the Waterwalk, the images may appear to simply depict the landscape but all contain subtle signs that a human has recently passed through, leaving traces of their journey in the landscape; folded grass, broken twigs, dislodged or depressed moss, paths in the bracken, foot prints, broken rocks or turned stones.