How it works

Cracks in the Pavement will result in a number of physical, collaborative maps of different areas of East London. Each map is generated by six participants who walk along the same route at different times, annotating their thoughts, ideas and observations on a shared A1-sized sheet of paper, that is passed along from one walker to the next.

The first walker determines the route and focus of each map. Each subsequent walker follows the steps of those who went before them (more or less), adding to and expanding upon their companions’ notes, drawings and observations, so the map grows in complexity with each participant. I ask each person to nominate the next walker: someone who is local and is able to do the walk in the next 7-10 days. All participants receive an A1 printed copy of the completed map they contributed to at the end.

Prior to the walk, participants receive a zip-locked envelope containing a physical paper map (A1 size) as well as a selection of materials such as stickers, tape, pens, paper etc. Each walker goes on the walk individually, marking up and annotating their route, thoughts, discoveries and observations. The annotations might happen during the walk itself or afterwards at home. If walkers don’t want to draw and mark up the map themselves, they can also send me photos, notes or audio files and I will annotate on their behalf.

Walkers return the map and materials in the zip-locked envelope to me. I will do an interim scan of the map, upload it to this site, stock up on materials and deliver the map to the next walker.

My Covid protocol ensures that everyone can take part in this project with minimal risk.

All physical materials get quarantined for a minimum of 72h before I deliver them to you. I place them in the zip-locked envelope for the duration of their quarantine. I handle the envelope itself only for the purposes of delivery to you, and do so wearing single-use plastic gloves and a mask. I deliver the envelope to a pre-arranged outdoor location for your collection (for example outside your front door). 

Once you have finished with the map and the materials you will place them in the zip-locked envelope, noting the date and time, and contact me to arrange collection. We will follow the same safety protocol described above for the collection process.