Join us at our Closing Night Party on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

In true Elastic City form, we bring you our version of the "benefit." We'll play with sound and spirits to collectively transform Jack Geary Contemporary over the course of the night.

Please join us at our festival’s closing night party and help Elastic City continue to bring participatory walks, talks and ways to the public.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jack Geary Contemporary
185 Varick Street; Manhattan
Admission: $40/person

Click here to purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.

Open bar with cocktails by Tim Miner (Magic Touch Cocktails)
Hors d'oeuvre: Butterfield Catering
Portraits: Kate Glicksberg
DJ: John DeCicco
Lighting: Esteban Varas
MC: Ben Weber

**Surprise performers**

We'll have a raffle with prizes from: Beggars Group, Kings County Distillery, and more!

Host Committee: John DeCicco, Nora Hennessy, Heather Janoff Johnson, Carla Kasumi, Sonya Kolowrat, Keith Paul Medelis, Tim Miner, Nancy Nowacek, Todd Shalom, Peter Shankman, Niegel Smith, Ryan Tracy and Ben Weber

Festival partnering organizations: Pratt Institute's new MFA in Writing; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP); Brooklyn Museum; Jack Geary Contemporary; Aerial Arts NYC and Lab/Shul

Festival foundation support: Asylum Arts & Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Media partner: Hyperallergic

2014 Walks Festival Announcement

2014 Walks Festival Announcement


It's here! Our free walks festival! September 26th to October 7th. This consists of: Eight new walks by incredibly thoughtful and imaginative artists; a first-ever series of four Talks featuring pioneers of the walk form on Sunday, September 28th at Pratt Institute, co-presented by Pratt's new MFA in Writing; and an unusual Closing Night Benefit Party on Tuesday, October 7th from 7-10pm at Jack Geary Contemporary (185 Varick St) in SoHo. Details forthcoming on the party--I can tell you now that given what we're planning--well, I don't think anyone's ever tried this at a benefit before. If you go to this link and donate $40/person, that'll pay for yer ticket.

In addition to our amazing publicist Blake Zidell, we've Hyperallergic as our media partner to help spread the walk/talk love! But let's make it easy on em--please help us along by posting and sharing (and Cher-ing) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #ECwalksfest You can find any updates right here on our blog.

Participating Walk Artists: Karen Finley; Anthony Goicolea; Michel Groisman; Nisan Haymian; Amichai Lau-Lavie & Shawn Shafner; Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith; Kristin Geneve Young

Partnering organizations: Pratt Institute's new MFA in Writing; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP); Brooklyn Museum; Jack Geary Contemporary; Aerial Arts NYC and Lab/Shul

Foundation support provided by Asylum Arts & Foundation for Contemporary Arts


“Mandala: Reimagining Columbus Circle,” by Karen Finley

“Let It Go: A Tashlich Walk,” by Amichai Lau-Lavie & Shawn Shafner

“Downside Up,” by Kristin Geneve Young

“Signature Walk,” by Todd Shalom

“Twelve Grey Lemons,” by Nisan Haymain

“Dark Hour/Light Moment,” by Anthony Goicolea

“Favorites,” by Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith

“Playing with Steps,” by Michel Groisman


Since 2010, Elastic City has been working with artists to rigorously investigate and interrogate the participatory walk. Through this work, we have helped to pioneer a new genre within the performing arts. During the talks, moderators, panelists and participants will examine the participatory walk and its related forms while questioning its history, present and potential for the future.

In partnership with Pratt Institute’s new MFA in Writing, Elastic City is thrilled to present four talks featuring renown visual and performance artists, curators, scholars and critics on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn) from 11am to 5:30pm.

Each talk will hold approximately 75 people and will last about 90 minutes.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
11:00am – 12:30pm: A Genealogy of the Participatory Walk
Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn)
Featuring: Matt Green; Jeffrey Hogrefe; Aseman Sabet (moderator); Andrea Williams and Moira Williams

Sunday, September 28, 2014
12:30pm – 2pm: Politics of the Walk
Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn)
Featuring: Christian Hawkey (moderator); Rachel Levitsky; Eve Mosher and Ryan Tracy

Sunday, September 28, 2014
2:30pm – 4pm: The Participatory Walk as a New Performative Framework
Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn)
Featuring: luciana achugar; Miguel Gutierrez; Todd Shalom (moderator); Jillian Steinhauer and Pamela Z

Sunday, September 28, 2014
4pm – 5:30pm: Impossibility in Participatory Performance
Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn)
Featuring: N.D. Austin; Ayesha Jordan; Nancy Nowacek; Niegel Smith (moderator) and Veit Stratmann

Y'can click on names on the left side of our Artist page for all artist bios.

Please check this page, as we will keep adding to the list of things that'll happen at our Closing Night Benefit Party.

Thanks to all of the artists, organizational partners and the EC board for all of your dedication and support! Also, a big hats off to the spectacular graphic designer Asad Pervaiz for the festival identity and to our new emissary Keith Paul Medelis for joining us in the cray fray.

If you want suggestions on which walks/talks to join (ALL OF EM!), just email me at:

See you soon!


Todd Shalom
Director, Elastic City

Photos from our 2013 benefit

We've two sets of photos from our benefit on May 23rd. Check em!

Elastic City Spring Benefit

Elastic City Spring Benefit 2013

Elastic City is pleased to announce its first-ever in-person benefit on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:30pm–10:30pm at EFA Project Space, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor; Manhattan)

Purchase tickets here:

In the spirit of participation and collective experimentation, the evening will feature a playful array of activities, including:

*Mini-walks through the venue by Elastic City walk artists luciana achugar, Andrés Andreani, Isabella Bruno, Nancy Nowacek, Anne Percoco, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber

*Live drawing by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast

*A play on the traditional photobooth by Benjamin Fredrickson and Juan Betancurth with help from Andrija Petrovic, Julian Chams and Martin Camacho

*Sound artists Maria Chavez on the turntables and Daniel Neumann on the boards

*The creation of signature Elastic City cocktails, crowdsourced then mixed by well-known Brooklyn bartenders [Timothy Miner and Dave Nurmi (The JakeWalk) and Brad Farran (Clover Club and Death and Company)]

*Lighting designed by John Torres (lighting supervisor, "Einstein on the Beach")

*A special take-away from designer Riley Hooker (This is Our Work).

There will be an open bar, a raffle and a silent auction.

Raffle items include contributions from: Aerial Arts NYC, Beggars Group, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Joe's Pub, Kings County Distillery, Lynford Family Charitable Trust, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Shakespeare in the Park

The silent auction will feature works by: Rebekah Goldstein, Charlie Mylie, Dannielle Tegeder and A Guest Bartender Shift at The Jakewalk

Hors d'Oeuvres by: Butterfield Market, Stinky Bklyn and Trader Joe's

Desserts by: BabyCakes NYC

Beer sponsor: Genesee Brewing Company

Liquor sponsors: Tito's Handmade Vodka

Wine sponsor: Smith & Vine

Special gifts from: Kiehl's & Naked Wines and 'stache media


$40: This provides admission to the event with open bar.

$150: This provides admission to the event with open bar, a fantastic gift bag, a gift certificate for 2 spots on any Elastic City walk, and an 8x10 photo of your liking for our archives

Purchase tickets here:

Benefit Committee: Juan Betancurth, John DeCicco, Jamie Freed, Nora Hennessy, Riley Hooker, Heather Janoff Johnson, Alison Malone, Timothy Miner, Caitlin Ruttle, Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith, Carla Sosenko, Ben Weber

Can't make it? You can also donate securely via PayPal or with a credit card. Thanks!

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Andrew Mount reveals photos from Character

Andrew Mount reveals photos from Character

In June, visual artist Andrew Mount led participants on a way through Manhattan, as part of "Character." See here for the results!