February 6th, 2016 11- 3 pm
Free & open to the public; start times and locations below. No reservation required.
Both walks begin offsite of the College Art Association Conference and include ~1 mile of walking, rain or shine.
Curated and coordinated by Carissa Carman, Natalie Campbell and Mat Rappaport
Media Lounge Saturday Programming extends beyond the conference walls and invites participants to work and walk, learn and feel. These collaborative explorations prompt new relations, open the door for kinship and expand professional camaraderie. DC Live is the first in a planned series of artist walks at CAA conference cities.
Washington DC is the center of our national government and is a complex mix of local communities, government, NGOs and outside interests. In response, the Media Lounge of CAA is sponsoring two off-site projects by artists who use interpretive walks and tours as a critical part of their practice. This year, walks engage with the complex context of Washington, DC as a site for interacting with political history and policy.
Both walks include multimedia content allowing participation to occur in Media lounge, in cyberspace and in the city.
GPS Portraits: A Portrait of William Temple Hornaday
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman
11 am; Duration: 60 min
Meet at main entrance to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW; ~ 1 mi. walk, outdoor.
Mapping the unseen presence of William Temple Hornaday, one of the National Zoo’s founders, is a GPS trail and participatory walk. By investigating the data tracks we amass through networked communication, Larson and Shindelman tie the invisible to actual sites, anchoring the ephemeral by combining participatory actions with photographs to build a larger installation of historical significance.
Outside/In: Perspectives on DC Statehood
Mary Clare Rietz
1 pm; Duration: 90 min
Wish Tree for Washington DC at Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, on the National Mall, 700 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20004. Wish Tree is at the SE corner of the sculpture garden, across from the Hirshhorn building near Jefferson Dr. & 7th St. SW.
~1 mi walk, indoor/outdoor. (Detailed directions/weather contingency info here.)
Walk and learn from voices engaged in the struggle for statehood about an issue significant for anyone interested in the project of democracy. Whose experience of an issue is most authentic, holds authority? Who is outside and who is in – who speaks for whom?
Walk guides representing national, civic, and local perspectives on the struggle for DC statehood will explore this issue in a 3-part walk. Project partners leading the walk include DC Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown and Anise Jenkins, Executive Director, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC).
Starting at Yoko Ono’s participatory work Wish Tree for Washington DC at the Hirshhorn Museum, we will strike out across the National Mall, in view of the U.S. Capitol, site of power exercised over DC’s governance for 2+ centuries. Hearing from voices engaged with DC statehood for and against, our walk will include spots on what would be the federal District boundary should New Columbia become a state; the John A. Wilson Building, locus of the DC municipal struggle for autonomy; and Freedom Plaza, where DC citizenry has gathered many times in resistance and protest for causes of justice.