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August 2021 First Sunday: In person and on line

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time for a spot of creative wandering, and at long last there will be a chance to loiter together in person as well as online.

I’m finding this invitation unusually hard to write because frankly I feel a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of walking together in the real world as well as remotely. This means the next few derives will be even more experimental than usual as we try to find a path onwards that keeps Loiterers who can’t travel into Greater Manchester connected with us because I’ve loved being able to wander so much further through digital means and catch glimpses of so many other places.  

Yes, I am a bit giddy with joy to be together in the same place again but I’m also so thankful for all the wanders together, alone, during the pandemic. I am also very aware the pandemic isn’t over yet and please, whatever you are doing remember to take care of yourself and each other. Basically, don’t be an arse, respect personal space and covid safe guidelines, and if you haven’t been vaccinated yet please get that jab. Be aware all LRM events I am at will be outside; if the weather is atrocious please check in to see if plans have changed.

You are welcome to join in however and wherever you wish, either alone or in a small group, and at a pace which is right for you. We will be embarking on one of our metaphysical treasure hunts, sharing a list of things for you to find in your local environment.

Here are the options to come and play with us on Sunday 1st August:

  1. The prompts will be available online from 10am BST on Sunday 1st August. They will be posted on twitter @thelrm #Loiter2021 on our blog at www.thelrm.org the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
  2. Come and find me at Green Grosvenor Park, Clarence St, Salford M7 1GF between 2-4pm. I will be there with friends from Walk The Plank as part of the Friends of Green Grosvenor Park fun day.  
  3. At 5pm I will be outside The New Oxford pub, Bexley Square, Salford to meet any loiterers who fancy a drink and a blether or a chance to share what you discovered
  4.  At 8pm BST Monday 2nd August there will be a zoom chat for sharing any remote discoveries, the link for this is here:  https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/94657872090?pwd=Y20zRkMrRWsvci95Wll4UGR4bWpMZz09

Meeting ID: 946 5787 2090Passcode: 0Zc1PN=b

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future First Sunday’s please feel free to get in touch, email mlrose@thelrm.org, tweet @thelrm or whatsapp 07974929589

I hope to see you soon, on the street or on a screen, and as ever my heartfelt thanks for your support

With love and golden apples

Morag x

PS September’s First Sunday will be part of the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography (online and we hope also in person) and I will also be collaborating with Walk The Plank on an event exploring Salford’s rivers on September 25th; more details soon

JULY First Sunday

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time for another wander together, apart wherever you are. This month we are going for an asynchronous, dispersed flavour of psychogeography, meaning you can take part whenever you like and there won’t be a live whatsapp chat. Instead you are invited to share your findings at a zoom meeting, 8pm BST Tuesday 6th of July or one of the other ways below.

Our theme will be words. Whilst you are walking look for the writing on the wall, or signs, or floors, or rubbish or anywhere else for that matter. Take a note of interesting, absurd or mundane texts and submit them to the great communal LRM street poem. The inspiration for the collective wordsmithery comes from the recent launch event for Walking Bodies (it’s a great book, details here: https://www.triarchypress.net/walkingbodies.html)

Please share your findings with @thelrm on twitter, by email mlrose@thelrm.org, in “the loiterers resistance movement” on facebook or text/ whatsapp  07974929589 or bring them to the zoom meeting

Topic: LRM sharing

Time: Jul 6, 2021 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/92927562771?pwd=ekZYZ0twaXRHYWY0ZmYzYUo3ekdPdz09

Meeting ID: 929 2756 2771

Passcode: #Bj8BJGK

If you can’t decide where to walk try following this formula: first left, third right and always try to walk on the opposite side of the road to that which you would normally choose. Follow your nose and your heart and remember to take care of yourself, each other and your environment

With love and golden apples

Morag

PS If anyone is going to Timber Festival please come and say hi. I’m talking about psychogeography on Saturday afternoon on the ShiveLight stage and Dee Heddon will also be there with the Walking Library for Forests

Other events in June and July

TL;DR three online conversations, a real world festival, a gig and a reading group. It would be ace to see you at any or all of these. And yes, there is also a First Sunday walk this Sunday 6th June – Markus is leading a Soundwalk, details in post below
 
Tuesday 8th June
Blake Morris and I discuss the relationship between diverse bodies, cyberspace, and movement for the walk, listen, create café. It’s a continuation of wander we started here: https://gps.psi-web.org/issue-2-2/gps-2-2-3/ https://walklistencreate.org/walkingevent/pedestrian-provocations-manifesting-an-accessible-future/
 
Thursday 17th June
I’m the provocateur for the Working Class Academics Chai Conversation (more on this nearer the time) https://workingclass-academics.co.uk/events/
 
Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm
Walking Bodies: Scores and Exchanges
An evening of walking arts hosted by Triarchy Press to celebrate
the recent publication of the book Get your free ticket on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-bodies-scores-and-exchanges-tickets-156068141011
Editors Helen Bee, Claire Hind and Phil Smith have invited four leading walking artists to respond to the themes and context of the book and to get us all talking about walking now. We welcome:
Ishita Jain: ‘Writing the Walking’
Morag Rose: ‘And, and, and.... Towards a Criptasticly Expanded Walk’
Blake Morris ‘Walking and the Art of Invitation’
Jody Oberfelder: ‘Life Traveler’
 
Saturday 3rd July time tbc
https://timberfestival.org.uk/the-programme/shivelight/
I am beyond excited to be at an actual festival especially as Dee Heddon is also there with the Walking Library, plus there’s some ace music and other stuff happening too
 
Thursday 29th July probably but it’s a bit sketchy
A gig, of sorts, with music and shenanigans and the broken doll orchestra and whatnot, hopefully but I may regret sharing this as its so new we don’t even have a name for it Mark Robinson
 
Finally, inspired by Sheffield friends (re)visiting classic books I’ve organised a reading group looking at Society of the Spectacle (there’s an online copy at the always excellent bureau of public secrets here http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord/) Its very informal, friendly, critical discussion and you don’t have to come to every session – but please do read the sections beforehand
5pm Monday 7the June prologue and chapters 1-3
5pm Monday 21st June 4-6
5pm Monday 12th July 7-9 and beyond
To get the zoom link please email me mlrose@thelrm.org

For more details on all the above please email mlrose@thelrm.org or tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp
07974929589

June 2021 First Sunday Sound Walk

It's First Sunday, This Sunday and time for some more wandering together, apart. I am really delighted that this month’s Loiter is being facilitated by Markus Hetheier who will be taking us on a soundwalk. I’ll let Markus tell you more:

“Join me for a remote soundwalk this Sunday at 2 pm. The soundwalk will be conducted via Whatsapp. It will contain taking spontaneous routes and recording any sounds that sound interesting to you via the voice note function on Whatsapp and directly share with the others in the group. After the soundwalk everyone is asked to draw a soundmap, a representation of which sounds you encountered during your soundwalk, as a reflective practice to conclude the walk. These maps can be shared via Whatsapp.”

The soundwalk will start 2pm BST on Sunday 6th June. You can take part wherever you are at whatever speed / to whatever extent you wish but please take care of yourself and the people and places you wander with.

To join the live whatsapp chat please text / whatsapp me on 07974929589 by 12 noon on Sunday.
I will also be tweeting instructions and key points @thelrm #Loiter

There will be a zoom chat at 4pm BST on Sunday to share observations and have a chat about whatever else you fancy – here are the joining details

Time: Jun 6, 2021 04:00 PM London

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91988921967?pwd=L09xOGhJQlNEeGZXYVJTVVQ0SFJrUT09

Meeting ID: 919 8892 1967  Passcode: 2wS^1$DY

As ever First Sunday is free for anyone and everyone and I welcome ideas for future walks. There are a few other events coming up in June and hopefully an in person walk soon as well – more details soon

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

 

PS   Markus Hetheier is an electronic music producer, sound artist and research student. When wearing his electronic music hat, he is performing under his stage name Industries that links the post-industrial past of his German hometown to Manchester. Here, he started producing and releasing his electronic music following his studies at the School of Electronic Music in 2018. His music explores and subverts musical structures and ranges from field recordings, distorted sounds to harmonic melodies and large beats. As sound artist he has an interest in soundwalks and field recordings and collaborates across disciplines and media. His sound work ranges from sound art, audio-visual collaborations to workshops and podcasts. He recently started his practice-led PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he is working on an interdisciplinary digital media project which will explore the relationship between the self and Manchester through soundmaps and psychogeography.

 

May 2021 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and so time for some #psychogeography and also May Day celebrations. After a lovely diversion with asynchronicity we are drifting back into a live, shared walk connecting via whats app.

I will start at 2pm GMT on Sunday 2nd May and will share a series of prompts for you to interpret wherever you are, indoors or outside.

You are very welcome to join the live private chat group on whatsapp. This is where I will be and its a place to share pictures, sounds and words in real time. To take part please send me a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org Please include your name and number, including international code if you are outside the UK.

Alternatively the prompts will be shared by me on twitter @thelrm  #LoiterMay and in the facebook group. If you need any more information or have any questions please get in touch. Don't forget to take care of yourself, and each other, whilst exploring.

I am hoping we will be able to meet in person again later this year, perhaps in August – I’m really keen to try and combine this with retaining the new virtual connections we have made so would be very glad to hear from you if you have any suggestions for the directions we could take

Take care and walk well

Love
Morag

PS I would be very grateful if you could please share your experiences of walking during the pandemic with the #WalkCreate team – there’s a survey here https://forms.office.com/r/ujiZ2f8kcb for anyone and everyone and also if you are an artist that uses walking a place to share your work here https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=KVxybjp2UE-B8i4lTwEzyJK1Lyde_adFr-ILxwjuxdBUQlZGVUJCWjBNUlpLV1UwVjRPT0w0NzlNRy4u

April 2021 First Sunday

Dear friends and Springtime loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time to wander and wonder together again. It’s also the Easter holiday and there is a slow unfurling of many things so I’m sharing an asynchronous set of prompts. This means you can do them whenever, wherever you like. There won’t be a live whatsapp group  but you can of course share your walk with me – I always love to see where you are and what you discover. For those who would like a convivial chat I’ve organised a zoom catch up – using a bit of creative time keeping I’ve shifted it to Tuesday 6th April at 8pm and all are welcome.

Here’s the prompts

Start wherever you want to and follow each of these instructions for as long as you wish. As you walk remember to take care of yourself, others and your environment. Please stay safe.

Look for the colour yellow, how many kinds of yellow can you spot?
Look up – what is happening on rooftops, in the sky, above your usual sightline
Look down. What do you notice? What patterns or portals or traces can you find?
Follow the non-human. Where does paying attention to lichen, flowers, birds, insects or animals lead you? What can they teach you?
Listen, focus on what you can hear and follow a sound
Smell, follow your nose and map the scents you notice
Feel the ground beneath you, find different textures to walk on

To share your walk, or for questions, comments and ideas about future events please get in touch by email mlrose@thelrm.org
twitter @thelrm
facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
phone / text / whatsapp 07974929589

Here’s a link to the zoom meeting on Tuesday

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/96635734136?pwd=K3MyTkZqRUtDaVZJek5xVFg4elZEUT09

Meeting ID: 966 3573 4136

Passcode: U#3@QAxj

I hope to walk with you soon, together alone or in person

with love and cherry blossoms

Morag xx

March 2021 First Sunday

Apologies for a retrospective post; for some reason I could not access the website last week. As ever, please email mlrose@thelrm.org text/ whatsapp 07974929589 or check twitter @thelrm if news does not appear here. And if anyone fancies helping sort this website out please do let me know
 

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers
Its First Sunday, this Sunday, 7th March.
It’s also a year since the last time we walked together in the physical world and gosh how I have missed that sensation. However, we are still able to walk together, alone, and the distance means we can build connections across wider areas. I hope we can retain some of this when we are able to be together again in Manchester, of course I can not say when that will be, time plays tricks, but I keep everything crossed it will be soon.
 
This weekend will be another experiment, inspired by feedback from those who prefer asynchronous walks or feel a bit overwhelmed by whatsapp. This means the instructions are here for you now and you can use them whenever, wherever, however you like.
 
For those who want to share and have a chat there will be a zoom meeting at 3pm this Sunday, 7th March, where we can discuss your walks and anything else you fancy talking about.
 
Here is the script to follow, please interpret however you wish but remember to take care of yourself, others and the environment you walk through.
Start wherever you like and head in the opposite direction to the one you would usually choose.
Try to head in the straightest line you can, until you can’t or you fancy a change of direction.
Look for the following things whilst you are wandering:
Something shiny
Something strange
Something ancient
Something new
Something that makes you think of someone you love
Something precious
Something you don’t like
Something that gives you hope for the future
 
After your walk, sit down, have a drink and make a map of where you went. It could be a map made of words or drawings or photos or artefacts or feelings or something else. It would be splendid if you shared it (email mlrose@thelrm.org / tweet @thelrm / text or whatsapp 07974929589 / facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”) but of course you are welcome regardless.
 
Wherever you are may you go well and find wonderful moments in these dark times
Love and solidarity
Morag xxx

February 2021 First Sunday

Dear Friends, lovers and loiterers,
First Sunday This Sunday so time for a wander
I hope you are finding some ways to get through. I've been delighted to see snowdrops and daffodils emerging out of the gloom. If you fancy connecting with others and exploring creative walking at your own pace and in your own way you would be very welcome to join us as we walk together, alone this Sunday.
I will start at 2pm GMT on Sunday 5th February and will share a series of prompts for you to interpret wherever you are, indoors or outside.
You are very welcome to join the live private chat group on whatsapp. This is where I will be and its a place to share pictures, sounds and words in real time. To take part please send me a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org Please include your name and number, including international code if you are outside the UK.
Alternatively the prompts will be shared by me on twitter @thelrm #LoiterFeb and in the facebook group. If you need any more information or have any questions please get in touch. Don't forget to take care of yourself, and each other, whilst exploring.
Ideas for future walks are always welcome, and I hope the time when we can meet in the real world is not too far away. The LRM are 15 this year and it would be splendid to celebrate in some way
I hope to walk with you somehow soon,
love and golden apples
Morag xx

First First Sunday of 2021

Dear friends and fellow wanderers

I hope you are continuing to find glimmers of magic and moments of joy in these dark times and that the festive period has been what you needed, if not what you wanted. I won’t add to the acres of analysis about this year but I will say thank you for being part of The LRM and helping sustain this psychogeographicalish journey into our 15th year.

We will carry on and this weekend the first First Sunday of 2021 provides another opportunity to walk together, alone and connect through more than physical means. As ever all are welcome, we ask only that you take care of yourself and all those you encounter. Here in Manchester that means wandering solo or inbubbles, keeping safe distances, wearing a mask and – as ever – not being an arse. Staying away remains an act of care but that does not mean we can not walk creatively and make new connections. I don’t know yet when we will actually meet and walk in the same place again yet but when we do I will try and retain the best bits of the digital adaption. For me this means being able to share with loiterers from anywhere and everywhere, whether inside or outside and remaining open to being as accessible as possible. New ideas always gratefully received.

My wander will begin at 2pm GMT on Sunday 3rd January. The prompt is simple but contains multitudes and you can of course use it at a time and in a way that suits you.

Look for signs of hope and unity and creativity and possibility. What do you want for 2021 and beyond?  If you are unsure which direction to head pause and be silent, then walk towards the faintest sound you here.

There are several ways to join in:

  1. There will be a live chat group on whatsapp set up for this walk only and it will be active between 2pm-4pm this Sunday. It’s a place to share words, thoughts, images and discoveries. To join please email me (mlrose@thelrm.org) or send a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 before 12 noon on Sunday 3rd
     
  2. You can also share via twitter @thelrm #Loiter2021 or facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” and these will be picked up later
     
  3. The post walk zoom chat at 3.30pm on the 3rd – it’s open to anyone interested in loitering – share discoveries made on this walk or any other, suggestions for directions for future LRM activities or just have a blether about something interesting. Here’s the link:

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95667612930?pwd=czBMUCs5T3htQXppOENwNDY0cGprUT09

Meeting ID: 956 6761 2930  Passcode: n0$R.cDj

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact me, it would be splendid to walk with you

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

Instructions For December 2020 First Sunday

December 2020s First Sunday is an experiment in expansion, micro exploration and paying close attention to the spectacular in our everyday worlds. So nothing original perhaps, but as with every month something different to consider. We like contradiction, conversation and conviviality, unwrapping the multiple meanings in space. And, of course, like everyone we have had to adapt and learn to wander with Covid and so we are still wandering together alone.

Instead of a new instruction every 10 minutes there is just one script for you to interpret as you wish.

Find 23 things worthy of note on your walk(s). It’s up to you to decide what is interesting but try to ensure at least some of the things you choose are new to you. Perhaps you have noticed something beautiful or symbolic or out of place or promising or ugly or invisible or….  There isn’t a right or wrong way to this walk, go at your own pace wherever and however you wish. If in doubt about which direction to go head towards the light.

Please remember to take care as you loiter and to be respectful of others. Wearing a mask (if you can) and keeping distant is an act of care for our communities. We have two mottos “the streets belong to everyone” and “never be an arse” – whilst both remain aspirational we all do the best to try and make them a reality.

Perhaps some of your treasures can’t be recorded but if you take pictures, recording or make notes we would love to see them. There’s no pressure to complete today, or at all, but if you want to share and can’t join us for our live whatsapp we will have a virtual gathering to celebrate the solstice on December 21st (details to follow).

I’m going to start walking at 2pm BST today (Sunday 6th December) and will be sharing live via a whatsapp chat. If you want to join that conversation please send a whatsapp message to 07974929589. You can also share twitter #LoiterDec and the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

It would be wonderful to walk with you

with love and golden apples

Morag

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