The walk discourse is a laboratory for walking artists and walking enthusiasts to share walking art methodologies, practices and tools. The Walk Discourse is motivated by the urge to create a San Francisco/ Bay Area based community of fellow walking artists and researchers. At the core of the network is the belief that we have to invest in the place we live in through playful and experimental (social) art that can lead to a change in perception and allow for the creation of a sense of place. The Walk Discourse is intended to support local emerging walking artists and researchers to connect, exchange and mature, as well as provide a local framework that encourages contact with national and international walking art communities. The project aims to connect artists, researchers, and participants in meaningful and practice-related/experimental manners to promote walking art, walking art research, as well as the generation and creation of new & innovative walking art projects.The Walk Discourse is open to everyone who has an interest in walking and art. It was founded in January 2017 by Astrid Kaemmerling, who has been conducting walking art research in the Bay Area for over three years. Minoosh Zomorodinia joined Astrid as an organizing team member in the summer of 2017.
Who “we” are?
is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar and educator. Her art & research focuses on the role and function of walking artists in the 21st century urban metropolises. As European born artist and researcher who specializes in the genre of walking & public art, the motivation to found The Walk Discourse arrives from the finding that walking networks are predominantly European with a geographical emphasis upon England, Ireland and Scotland. The creation of The Walk Discourse is a first step towards closing this discourse gap with the goal to allow local Bay Area walking artists to benefit from global 21st century walking art discourses. She received an M.A. in Fine Art & English from TU Dortmund University, Germany and a Ph.D. from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University. Astrid has exhibited and published work internationally and has received several artist residencies and fellowships to support her in the endeavor to develop new work at the intersection of art & research.
is an Iranian-born artist working in photography, video, performance, and installation to make visible for audiences her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind’s eye and inspired by nature. She trusts and allows her creative process to reveal intuitive insights, giving form to unconscious knowledge of deeper mysterious truths. She received an MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute (2015), an M.A. in graphic design (2006) and a B.A. in photography(1998) from the Art and Architecture Azad University in Tehran, Iran. She has received MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute (2013), Photography Award from Pocono Arts Council (2015), and ACRE Residency (2016) and the Affiliate Program at Headlands Center for the Art (2016) and I-Park Foundation Residency (2017). Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in Iran, USA, Finland, Romania, South Korea, Canada, England, and Mexico.