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WHO

Hello! My name is eedahahm, I’m an artist based in Chicago, IL.

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For the past 2 years, I've been walking and dancing around the world nude creating and performing art in an improvisational manner.  Check out a compilation of my work I've created this year for my "stupid" series on the video below.   All visuals and audio were created performed and edited by me.

check out some of the photographs from my backpacking trip to India below 

WHAT

I’m currently hiking and hitch hiking across the United States of America from Mexico to Canada using a 2663 mi long trail called Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I’m 4 weeks into the journey and have traveled about 300 miles from the Mexican boarder.  The image above shows 80lbs of my life essentials that I've been carrying everyday to live, eat, create, perform, and most importantly, share.  

My plan is to create a 8hr long (approximate) documentary and a photography book of the whole journey.  The documentation would include my personal attempt at hiking the PCT, performing improvisational dances, creating art thats non-destructive to wildlife and the environment, and interviews with the people that I'm meeting on trail. 

Here is a small sample of the performance I've been creating, amazing people I've been meeting, beautiful stories I've been hearing, and colors i've been witnessing.  Feel free to check out my Instagram above to explore stories, photographs, and videos that are updated daily or whenever I have internet connection.

WHY

The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know. Accepting our own ignorance or stupidity allows for unabashed exploration within new media. 

This whole series is called "stupid", because I have no social or institutional validations.  I don't know what art is.  I have no answers.  I'm not an expert or even experienced hiker.  I'm acting on impulse, on feelings, emotions, and energy.  I'm relinquishing the firm foundations of established knowledge and conventional wisdom.   I want to bask in the enigma of my own stupidity; dancing through time, gravity, space, and nature without having to worry about perception.  I want to observe what society thinks is stupid and learn from it.  

It's stupid because when objectively observing this situation it sums down to "homeless Asian man dancing nude in the mountains for 6 months".

Contrasting with my personal reasons of attempting this thru hike, I'm also very interested in why others are attempting this this hike.   PCT has a mystical and a mythical quality of an adventure that is equivalent to a contemporary odyssey or an exploration into the void.   The people that I've been encountering in such a short period of time are already impacting my life in a permanent manner.  From a father and daughter combo to walking the trail barefoot; learning and listening to their stories have been an eye opening experience.  There is only 1 earth, but the experiences in this planet are infinity.  I want to document infinity in myself and in others = stupid.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

  • 6 months worth of food
  • hostel/motel stays whenever I hitch hike to town to resupply food, shower, and laundry
  • satellite emergency responder services
  • outdoor gear: new shoes and socks every 600 miles
  • editing and rendering cloud processing
  • flight back to Chicago after trip is over

THANK YOU for YOUR HELP!

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of risks and challenges.

First off I have to hike everyday for 6 months. If I get an injury that prolongs me from walking for longer than 2 months, I won't be able to complete the documentary. Luckily, I'm 200 miles in and in good strong shape.

Since this documentary and book is self written, shot, and edited, I will be taking every single role of the creator and performer. Every single aspect of the PCT you'll be able to view it through a very personal lens, but that also means the amount of time it takes to get all of this done can change depending on the work process.

I'll be editing everyday on the trail through my solar power laptop, so if there is rain or overcast for longer than 3 days, i might have a hard time editing on trail.

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