Keep Walking Intently: The Ambulatory Art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus





In Keep Walking Intently, Lori Waxman traces the transformation of walking – from a mundane activity to a revolutionary tactic and artistic gesture – following three important artist movements of the 20th century on their promenades: the Surrealists, the Situationist International and the Fluxus.

For our design, we drew on a little known book designed by Marcel Duchamp. In 1922, he created a small book for his friend, the art critic Henry McBride, under the pseudonym Rrose Sélavy. Some French Moderns Says McBride is a collection of McBride’s articles from the New York Sun and the New York Herald, reprinted with a trick: over the course of the book’s eighteen pages the type size increases every few pages, culminating in letters so large that a single sentence can no longer fit on one page. Referencing this artistic work, the chapter titles of Keep Walking Intently increase in size, reflecting changes of pace associated with walking and reading, or perhaps, reading about walking.