val smith: queer walk-nap

val smith invites the public into queer walk-nap*, an event that occurs at dawn, midday, dusk and midnight over two days. queer walk-nap is an invitation to experience queer spacetime. We will be led by artist val smith in intervals of meandering, resting, napping and chatting moving westward in relation to Te Wai Ōrea, Western Springs Park. Please bring a blanket.

The four walk events move in relation to the nonlinear logics of space, light and pressure present at sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight. The process creates opportunities to pay attention to the passing of time through a queer lens and participate in social practices that attempt to deactivate straight time and establish anti-capitalist modes of being together.

queer walk-nap is one of 12 walking projects as part of Walking about, a contemporary art series that explores the relationship between walking and art curated by Christina Houghton and Melissa Laing, in partnership with Te Uru. Starting in September 2019 and finishing in August 2020, twelve artists will create walks-as-artworks and artworks-as-walks, and invite the public to join them in moving through the spaces of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, co-creating the works with their passage.

Walking about has received generous support from Auckland Council, Albert-Eden Local Board and Whau Local Board. Individual walks will be announced at and on Te Uru’s website and social media pages.

queer walk-nap is presented in partnership with the Auckland Pride Festival.

*The name of this event has been changed in response to community feedback.

A reflection on val smith’s work by alys longley is available as a special e-publication. Download as a 2mb pdf

15 February, 6:30 am-11:30 am

Sunday 16 February, 7.30pm and 11.30pm
Moves westward in relation to Te Wai Ōrea, Western Springs Park


About Walking project page

Pīta Turei: Mata ke ao
Sunday 22 September, 5:45am

Jeremy Leatinu’u: Kawea
Saturday 2 November, 12noon

Christina Houghton: Wayfinding Waikumete
Saturday 23 November, 4.10pm


val smith: queer walk-nap
Saturday 15 February, 6.30am - Sunday 16 February, 11.30pm


Suzanne Cowan and Rodney Bell: The hauntology of inheritance
Saturday 29 February, 2pm


Andrew McMillan: Echo Eco Echo
Wednesday 18 March - Wednesday 22 April


Vanessa Crofskey: Sports day
Online on Saturday 4 April, 12-4pm


Melissa Laing: Standing at the edge
Online from Saturday 11 April, watch-party at 4pm


Walking about in fog by Layne Waerea and Lana Lopesi
6 June - 5 July


Becca Wood: The public stand
21 June, 3pm
12 September, afternoon


Pīta Turei: Rangi Matariki
14 July, 6am


Christina Houghton: Wayfinding Waikumete (pt II)
10 October, 11am


Jeremy Leatinu’u: Mauria
31 October, 12 noon


Richard Orjis: cruising, lazing, leaning
21 November, 9pm