NOBLE & KING
Corinne Noble and Simon King are an artist and a writer who walk and work collaboratively.
Simon King works as a tutor / lecturer in art, design and media contexts between the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. Co-founder of the RCA’s Walkative project, in which walking with others is used dialogically to trigger thinking, researching and communicating, King is currently undertaking a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on the question of why and how, centrally or as an adjunct, contemporary art practitioners use walking in their work and more specifically, examines the nexus between psychogeographic / sociogeographic urban wandering and creative and critical practice.
2019 - COMMONS & CORRECTIONS, SW2
Circling the streets of Brixton, South London, we cross a river, traverse a common, climb a hill, visit a windmill and reflect on the treadmill. Accompanied by fragments of recently published text, antique postcards, and cryptic handwritten communications, we wander, observe and speculate whilst addressing two main questions: What is held in common? What has been corrected?
First walk: February 2019 for The Walkative Society.
2018 - (OR)LANDSCAPE(S)
Taking Virginia Woolf's time travelling Orlando as our cue, we set out from a young English Oak tree in a graveyard in Bloomsbury. Over the course of our speculative walk we draw upon archive images, quotation and memory, to offer some alternative views on the life (and death) of 'landscape' in Bloomsbury.
First walked: 18 March 2018 for The Walkative Society.
Rewalked: 15 May 2018 for Arts Week 2018, Birkbeck.
2017 - ELEPHANT MEMORY
Artwork by Corinne Noble for Noble & King in response to “Elephant Memory” a walk and essay by Simon King.
Simon’s article “Elephant Memory” is a non-chronological account of the documentation and mapping of walks over an eighteen-month period around Elephant and Castle, a part of South East London that, via its designation as a prime ‘regeneration opportunity area’, is experiencing a rapid but problematic transformation. The original group walk is constructed performatively in the shape of a spatial and temporal narrative, i.e. the solving of a mystery prompted by an American magazine’s 1941 photograph of bomb-damaged Sayer Street SE17, held in the Imperial War Museum archive. The PDF is available here.