On October 15th, Chiara Bernasconi, Kamomi Solidum and I met at the base of the bridge to give the final incarnation of the “Brooklyn Bridge Walk”. We had each planned our parts so as to play the bridge according to our own scores. We planned that the 3 participants who had signed up would each choose an artist to walk with.
Chiara, in a cast from a broken bone in her foot, had planned to ask her participant to physically assist her in walking over the bridge. I was going to walk quietly hand-in-hand with a participant over the bridge. Kamomi had planned to ask existential questions of her participant in concert with their place/position on the bridge.
We were all set. But the strong winds, we think, kept our participants from showing up. What to do? Our walk was delayed yet again.
After debating whether to continue the walk ourselves that nite, find strangers on the street to walk with us or cancel it altogether, we decided to continue the walk on our own terms. We thought it best to separately complete our part of the walk with a participant of our choosing in our own time, and we'll write about it here. Details forthcoming:)
photo: Ariel Rivera
Chiara and I met up with Kamomi Solidum. The other participant who signed up for the walk never showed. I'd never met Kamomi before, and evidently Chiara chatted briefly with her at Daniel Neumann's walk the previous week. There were some striking moments upon first meeting up. It was quickly revealed that the book that Chiara had on her lap, Georges Perec's "Species of Places & Other Pieces", was the same book that Kamomi had in her bag! And then, Kamomi and I realized that we were both in the same grad school together at the same time (California College of Arts and Crafts)-- she was there for design; I was there for writing. krAzi!
So, we started our walk over the bridge. In contrast to our sunset walk, less stimuli made it easier to focus. We spoke of: the wooden planks (how often are they checked and replaced?); the occasionally unsturdiness of the cables; shortcuts and failure in one's own work; hometowns; nostalgia; marketing; and Public School.
We've asked Kamomi to join in planning our next walk over the bridge. Hope she says yes.
See below for photos.
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