Hamish Fulton – An Object Cannot Compete With an Experience

Lecture date: 2000-03-10

Hamish Fulton has been making walking art since 1969, and has had over a hundred solo exhibitions. He considers walking – walking across a landscape – an end in itself, a pure form of artistic experience. The products of that experience are exhibited as texts – hybrid forms of poetry and aphorisms – or as photographic images overlaid with text. In March 1999 he made seven one-day walks on Hikosan, a sacred hill in Kyushu, Japan, which was followed by a wall-text exhibition at the Kitakyushu Centre for Contemporary Art. In this lecture Fulton discusses this experience in the context of his work in general.