All in a Day's Walk

A month-long slow food walking performance

Jess Allen | Performance & Ecology

I’m a performance artist from Aberystwyth who makes durational, relational, convivial & collaborative art with/in rural landscapes & communities.

My current portfolio includes:
Water Treatment Walks (2016)
Trans-missions (2015)
Drop in the Ocean (2013-15)
All in a Day’s Walk¬†(2012-13) (this site)
Tilting at Windmills (2010)

Typically, I use long-distance walking to create unexpected meetings, performing one-to-one interventions for unlikely audiences in unusual locations. I used to be an eco-activist. But now I simply believe that relational art is a way to acknowledge how we are all participants in a human ecology, which is always already part of a more-than-human, planetary ecology. In my work I try to make meaningful face-to-face connections with strangers, that are set amongst everyday life, at the same time as being ever-so-slightly extra-ordinary.

Trained as a dancer, I’ve also worked as an aerial performer for Full Tilt Aerial Theatre and integrated (disabled/nondisabled) dance company EVERYBODY Dance. Other professional experience includes a decade’s work in conservation for local government, teaching/lecturing (dance improvisation/somatics), and as a facilitator of community projects (art/biodiversity).

DedITO - Jess 1