The participatory walk can radically reframe one’s everyday experience. The walk takes the poem off of the page, the performance off the stage, and translates it to the street. How does a photographer see the world? How does a choreographer move through space and what can they teach us? Each walk is a transitory performance that brings people together in unexpectedly beautiful ways.
Elastic City: Prompts for Participatory Walks is a new book that includes instructions (aka prompts) from more than 35 artists' walks along with a section that features the insights and philosophy of EC Founder Todd Shalom, who spent 14 years presenting and refining walks. The section, titled 'Creating Your Own Walk,' covers conceptual, narrative and logistical concerns, how to encourage participation and how to best promote this work. Elastic City has fostered and grown the participatory walk form and is sharing its know-how for the first time here in writing. No other book like this exists.
The book features 48 prompts, walk ephemera and contributions from a eclectic roster of visual, performance and text-based artists, including: luciana achugar, Andrés Andreani, Anna Azrieli, Chiara Bernasconi, Juan Betancurth, Becca Blackwell, Michelle Boulé, Tania Bruguera & Mujeres en Movimiento, Isabella Bruno, Cristian Carracedo, Kate Colby, Jon Cotner, Jose De Diego, Karen Finley, Neil Freeman, Anthony Goicolea, Neil Goldberg, Miguel Gutierrez, Nisan Almog Haymian, Riley Hooker, Matthew Jensen, Nina Katchadourian & Andrew Zarou, Wayne Koestenbaum, Amichai Lau Lavie & Shawn Shafner, Mimi Lien, Erin Markey, Robert Mauksch, Daniel Neumann, The Office of Recuperative Strategies (featuring Christian Hawkey & Rachel Levitsky), Okwui Okpokwasili, Hayal Pozanti, Anne Percoco, Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith, Leandro Tartaglia, Andrea Williams, Kristin Geneve Young, and Pamela Z
Use this book as a tool for creating walks or other forms of participatory art.
Elastic City, 2019. 160 pages, paperback. Edition: 777 copies.
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