Walking Code

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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


6. HUMANITIES, 6.4 ART, Arts, Art history

Publication Details

Acoustic Space. Renewable Futures: Arts, Science and Society in the Post-Media Age. Volume 16. Editors: Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Armin Medosch. RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture, Riga Latvia.


This paper describes an early stage research project that seeks to apply Situationist concepts of psychogeography to urban walking as artistic and activist practice. The project seeks to ultimately create a syntax that can be used to describe and codify the subjective spatial practice of walking in the city. This process is a conceptual and discursive exercise to generate new knowledge about urban space as embodied data space that seeks to create a practical open framework that can be deployed to algorithmically generate walking experiences tailored toward specific desires and activities.

This will be achieved through the development of algorithmic methods to analyze, comprehensively describe and codify urban walking movements, developing a granular understanding of spatial movements. Walking in this project is understood as a performative act situated within urban systems based on data and algorithmic processes. As urban space is increasingly defined, determined and abstracted by these processes this effort seeks to propose a counter-movement building a language of urban walking to appropriate these processes to create rich crowd sourced walking experiences that suggest alternative user-centric modes of reclaiming the right to the city. This, of course, will also be embedded in data.