Brooklyn arts nonprofit Elastic City, which organizes maker-led walking tours and other events, is holding a series of talks this Sunday, September 28, in conjunction with their 2014 participatory walks festival. The discussions are slated to be held at Pratt’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St James Place between Clifton Place and Lafayette Avenue), with a schedule as follows:
- A Genealogy of the Participatory Walk (11am-12:30pm) will discuss the origins and evolution of solo or collective walking as a method for facilitating ideas. Moderator Aseman Sabet and panelists Matt Green, Jeffrey Hogrefe, Andrea Williams, and Moira Williams will discuss how walking is crucial to their respective creative processes.
- Politics of the Walk (12:30-2pm) will approach walking and running in the context of protests and other political movements. Moderator Christian Hawkey (founder of Pratt’s new MFA program, which is cosponsoring this year’s festival), plus Rachel Levitsky, Eve Mosher, and Ryan Tracy will speak.
- The Participatory Walk as a new Performative Framework (2:30-4pm) will see moderator Todd Shalom and panelists luciana achugar, Miguel Gutierrez, Jillian Steinhauer, and Pamela Z discussing how leading participatory walks has influenced their work, as well as what makes for a successful participatory walk.
- Impossibility in Participatory Performance (4-5:30pm) will ask moderator Niegel Smith as well as N.D. Austin, Ayesha Jordan, Nancy Nowacek, and Veit Stratmann to reconsider what’s possible in participatory performance, and challenge their boundaries with real time prompts.
All talks at Pratt are free, but be sure to register ahead of time at their respective links above.
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