Elastic City: Prompts for Participatory Walks
A compendium of prompts for participatory walks by visual, performance, and text-based artists, including a guide for creating your own
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, February 28 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.
The participatory walk can radically reframe one’s everyday experience. The walk takes the poem off of the page, the performance off the stage, and translates it to the street. How does a photographer see the world? How does a choreographer move through space and what can they teach us? Each walk is a transitory performance that brings people together in unexpectedly beautiful ways.
Elastic City: Prompts for Participatory Walks is a new book that will include instructions (aka prompts) from more than 35 artists' walks along with a section that features the insights and philosophy of EC Founder Todd Shalom, who spent 14 years presenting and refining walks. The section, titled 'Creating Your Own Walk,' covers conceptual, narrative and logistical concerns, how to encourage participation and how to best promote this work. Elastic City has fostered and grown the participatory walk form and is sharing its know-how for the first time here in writing. No other book like this exists.
The book will feature 48 prompts and walk ephemera from an eclectic roster of visual, performance and text-based artists, including: luciana achugar, Andrés Andreani, Chiara Bernasconi, Becca Blackwell, Michelle Boulé, Tania Bruguera & Mujeres en Movimiento, Isabella Bruno, Cristian Carracedo, Kate Colby, Jon Cotner, Jose De Diego, Karen Finley, Neil Freeman, Anthony Goicolea, Neil Goldberg, Miguel Gutierrez, Nisan Almog Haymian, Riley Hooker, Matthew Jensen, Nina Katchadourian & Andrew Zarou, Wayne Koestenbaum, Amichai Lau Lavie & Shawn Shafner, Mimi Lien, Erin Markey, Robert Mauksch, Daniel Neumann, The Office of Recuperative Strategies (featuring Christian Hawkey & Rachel Levitsky), Okwui Okpokwasili, Hayal Pozanti, Anne Percoco, Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith, Leandro Tartaglia, Andrea Williams, Kristin Geneve Young, and Pamela Z
Use this book as a tool for creating walks or other forms of participatory art.
We’re looking to raise $20,000 toward production of the book. That money will go toward our biggest costs: design, printing and marketing.
We want to keep the book affordable, and at the same time, we also have to pay our costs, so we ask you to please give generously, as it will help subsidize the cost of the book for others. This book is the legacy of the Elastic City project and I’d love for it to continue to live on, not just in memory but through active participation. Thanks!
Specs: Design: William Morrisey; 150 pages approx.; 4 color; size: 4x7 inches (pocket-sized); edition: 777 copies; printed by: Mas Matbaa
Thank you Danya Abt for filming and editing the Kickstarter video! Thanks Zachary Halberd for sound tweaks and color correction!
If you want to donate to our campaign and receive a tax-deductible donation, choose "No Reward" and we'll send you a receipt for your taxes.
The rewards mostly consist of new visual work I've been making since Elastic City ended its programming in 2016.
- Pledge $5 or more
Thanks on the Elastic City website
We'll list your name on our website as a supporter of the project
- Pledge $15 or more
Digital photo file + thanks
You'll receive one high-res digital file of a photograph (suitable for printing up to 8x10 inches) + thanks on the Elastic City website
- Pledge $30 or more
You'll get the book in all its glory + thanks on the Elastic City website
- Pledge $50 or more
8x10 photograph + the book
Choose your own photo from this link and we'll send you a 8x10 inch print. You'll also receive the book + thanks on the Elastic City website
- Pledge $100 or more
Limited edition pillowcases + the book
You'll receive two pillowcases for sleeping or framing. Each one is custom-bleached. I've been making them on the roof of where I'm staying in Mexico City. 400 thread-count "Threshold" brand. You'll also receive the book + thanks on the Elastic City website.
- Pledge $150 or more
Signed book with a personal prompt
You'll receive a signed copy of the book with a prompt written just for you + thanks on the Elastic City website.
- Pledge $250 or more
Queen bedsheet + the book
A one-of-a-kind bleached queen-sized bedsheet + the book + thanks on the Elastic City website. The bedsheet can be used for sleeping or framing. It's "Threshold" brand.
- Pledge $500 or more
Fabstractions walk with Todd + the book
Join Todd on his walk, Fabstractions, a 90-minute nighttime walk around Prospect Park. Invite up to 12 people. You'll also receive one copy of the book + thanks on the Elastic City website.
- Pledge $600 or more
Walk workshop with Todd + the book
Join Todd for a workshop on the participatory walk in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in Summer 2019. It's a six-hour workshop and includes a light lunch. Feel free to invite up to 12 people. You'll also receive one copy of the book + thanks on the Elastic City website.
- Pledge $1,000 or more
Short-form Custom walk (NYC) + the book
Todd will create a short-form (45 minute) walk in NYC for you and up to 12 guests. You'll also receive one copy of the book + thanks on the Elastic City website.
- Pledge $2,500 or more
Long-form Custom Walk in your location + the book
Todd will come to your location and create a long-form (75-90 minute) walk for you and up to 12 guests. You'll also receive one copy of the book + thanks on the Elastic City website
- Credits for the Kickstarter video/rewards: Designers: Russell Austin, Luis Bravo, Riley Hooker, Agi Morawska, William Morrisey; Music: "Cosoco" by Juana Molina; Photographers: Yuca Aoyama, James Bingham, Neil Freeman, Kate Glicksberg, Anthony Goicolea, Amélie Hoffmann, Mary Jones, Christian Kaye, Corine Lemieux, Justin Liu, Eric McNatt, Gui Mohallem, William Morrisey, Santos Muñoz, Jeso O'Neill, Jen Plaskowitz, Nick Robles, Caitlin Ruttle, Eric J. Salmon, Gustavo Sámano, Rodrigo Viñas
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter. We're realistic about what we can do and when we can do it. Things that could trip us up are, say, if Trump decides to tax books printed in Turkey and imposes a 100% tariff. Or if the boat that carries the books across the sea gets delayed, but we're confident that our project will succeed according to our planned timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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