Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, USA

Combining leading figures from the worlds of art, music, culinary and literature, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening returns this September. Made up of nine events, the festival will take place in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Station to Station is the newest project from artist Doug Aitken and is a platform for experimentation that unites artists, musicians, and cultural icons with a variety of communities for a stream of interventions and site-specific happenings. Opening 6 September the following three weeks will see a train travelling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops on the way, each time for a one-night only live event.

The event invites audiences and artists to participate in a creative collaboration of contemporary art, experimental music, and film. At every stop on the journey there will be new and exciting art works and performances. Musical performances will include those from Beck, Cat Power, Kansas City Marching Cobras, Lucky Dragons, Giorgio Moroder and many more. There will also be works on display by Doug Aitken, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer, Fischli & Weiss, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Stephen Shore amongst others.

The culinary element of the journey is inspired by Station to Station curator, Alice Waters, supporting the Edible Schoolyard Project. Waters, along with chef and forager, Leif Hedendal, will create customized culinary interventions both on the train and at each stop to include Slow Food farmers’ markets and his famed Dinner Discussions.

All of the scheduled happenings will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, and Ernesto Neto. For the project, the artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures range from Höller’s yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through, to Glynn’s creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.

Meschac Gaba has also organized a processions of 12 participants wearing different African headdresses to walk among the public as they enter the venue. In each city a different flag created by Lawrence Weiner will be raised. Futhermore, Kathryn Andrew has envisioned a poster for each city – all of which will include an image of a randomly chosen person to become the “face” of the happening.

Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, September, across the USA.

1. Film courtesy of Vimeo.

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