Janet Cardiff: The Walk Book
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005


The Walk Book sits nicely in your hand and can be taken everywhere. Written by Mirjam Schaub, it works like a garden, inviting you to follow its paths that branch off in different directions. Like a labyrinth, the book has more than one entrance. You may enter it to read the texts, or to look at the pictures, or else to hear Janet Cardiff’s voice on a CD included in the book as it leads you through the texts and images. It’s about the disappearance of places, and memory loss, but also about offering something unique to whoever takes the book in their hands, something to take along with them in time.

The Walk Book collects and rescues some of Cardiff’s words and dialogues that are part of her walks, transposes them in a literary form and yet, as it is a walk in its own right, it dissolves all possible determinations and codifications. By resisting definitions, asking questions and engaging audiences, The Walk Book offers different approaches to the nature and the experience of an artistic practice that has revealed itself as one of the most potent and thought provoking sites in contemporary culture.
Book orders
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
English, 350 pages, 
ca. 200 illustrations.
ISBN 3-88375-824-8
Mirjam Schaub
Edited by
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, in collaboration with Public Art Fund, New York
Texts by
Janet Cardiff, Susie Allen, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Tom Eccles, Bruce Ferguson, Marnie Fleming, Gary Garrels, Donald Goodes, Ulrike Groos, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Martin Janda, Kasper König, Markus Landert, Matthias Lilienthal, James Lingwood, Réal Lussier, Joel Mallin, Ivo Mesquita, Rochelle Steiner, Marika Wachtmeister, John 
Weber, Daniela Zyman
Design by
Zitromat (Thees Dohrn und Philipp von Rohden)