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2015 Festival Announcement

2015 Festival Announcement

Dears,

It's here! The New York Times broke the news this morning! We're thrilled to announce the details of our six-week free festival of artist-led participatory walks, talks and ways throughout New York City. July 7th thru August 18th. This note's got everything you need to know. Get your registration on now cuz capacity is limited and it's gonna fill up quick!

Walks by:
Kate Colby & Todd Shalom
Karen Finley & Violet Overn
Wayne Koestenbaum
Mimi Lien
Erin Markey
Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith

Talks by:
Julian & Leon Fleisher
Caleb Hammons
Freddie, Kate & Vin Scelsa
Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith

Ways by:
K.J. Holmes
Vadis Turner
Ben Weber
Stephen Winter

Benefit at The Wild Project in the East Village on Thursday, July 30th with performers including Ramzi Awn and Karen Finley

Presenting Partners: deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, The Flea Theater, Gibney Dance, The Invisible Dog Art Center, JACK, Jack Geary Contemporary, The Library at the Public, The Poetry Project, Pratt Institute MFA in Writing, Sunview Luncheonette, UnionDocs and The Wild Project

Foundation support: The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Our media partner is Hyperallergic and our publicist is Blake Zidell & Associates

Festival identity by Asad Pervaiz

::WALKS::

“Making Marks” by Wayne Koestenbaum
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/making-marks

"Duly Noted" by Kate Colby & Todd Shalom
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/duly-noted

“Sea Glass Mermaid” by Karen Finley & Violet Overn
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/sea-glass-mermaid

“DADDY WARBUCKS, PLEASE ADOPT ME (A.K.A. THE ANNIE TOUR!)” by Erin Markey
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/daddy-warbucks-please-adopt-me-aka-ann...

“Memory Palace” by Mimi Lien
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/memory-palace

“Ideally” by Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/ideally

::TALKS::

This year’s Elastic City talks have set out to undo the hierarchy of conventional artist talks in order to better situate the audience inside of an artist's work. The talks have been developed with each artist through Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith’s Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space residency. Singer-producer Julian Fleisher and his father, the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher; performance curator and producer Caleb Hammons; free-form radio DJ Vin Scelsa, his novelist daughter Kate Scelsa, and supportive mother-wife Freddie Scelsa; and Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith will lead talks, each lasting approximately 60-90 minutes.

“Other Pursuits” by Caleb Hammons
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/other-pursuits

“The Scelsas” by Freddie, Kate and Vin Scelsa
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/scelsas

“Between Us” by Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/between-us

“The Man I Love” by Julian & Leon Fleisher
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/man-i-love

::WAYS::

“Visible Acoustics” by K.J. Holmes
http://www.elastic-city.org/ways/visible-acoustics

“PROPAGANZA!” by Ben Weber
http://www.elastic-city.org/ways/propaganza

“Make It Fly” by Stephen Winter
http://www.elastic-city.org/ways/make-it-fly

“Re-weavings” by Vadis Turner
http://www.elastic-city.org/ways/re-weavings

::BENEFIT::

Elastic City will host a benefit, Thursday, July 30, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street) in the East Village. There will be performances by vocalist Ramzi Awn and performance artist Karen Finley, playlist by Vin Scelsa, portraits by Santos Muñoz and champagne cocktails by bartender Tim Miner (Magic Touch Cocktails).

Tickets are now on sale at $40/person at: http://elasticcity2015benefit.brownpapertickets.com/

See you soon!

Love,
Todd


2014 Walks Festival Announcement

2014 Walks Festival Announcement

Dears,

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

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council.

Foundation support provided by Asylum Arts & Foundation for Contemporary Arts

WALKS

“Mandala: Reimagining Columbus Circle,” by Karen Finley
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/mandala-reimagining-columbus-circle

“Let It Go: A Tashlich Walk,” by Amichai Lau-Lavie & Shawn Shafner
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/let-it-go-tashlich-walk

“Downside Up,” by Kristin Geneve Young
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/downside

“Signature Walk,” by Todd Shalom
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/signature-walk

“Twelve Grey Lemons,” by Nisan Haymain
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/twelve-grey-lemons

“Dark Hour/Light Moment,” by Anthony Goicolea
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/dark-hourlight-moment

“Favorites,” by Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/favorites

“Playing with Steps,” by Michel Groisman
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/playing-steps

TALKS

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)
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/genealogy-participatory-walk
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)
http://www.elastic-city.org/walks/politics-walk
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)
https://www.elastic-city.org/walks/participatory-walk-new-performative-f...
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)
https://www.elastic-city.org/walks/impossibility-participatory-performance
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: info@elastic-city.org

See you soon!

Love,
Todd

Todd Shalom
Director, Elastic City

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