November 6, 2021 at 2pm (EST)
In-person: 7th Street Park, Hudson, NY
Tanja Grunert Gallery presents Let’s Take a Walk #53, a participatory performance by Marie Christine Katz. The walk will begin in-person at 7th St. Park in Hudson and conclude at the gallery while simultaneously being shared virtually on social media. #WalkingTogetherApart
Katz’s practice attempts to collect and share stories of place, while exporting the experience globally. The theme of the walk will be hope: for awareness of the effect our actions have on others around us, reverberating impact from our community through the whole world. The talk will highlight the fact that our actions affect each other while honoring our interconnectedness.
The Let’s Take a Walk project began in 2009 as a virtual Twitter guided walk. So far there have been 52 walks with participants globally joining via Twitter and Instagram, creating a shared moment, a collective step towards peace. On site, each walk is assisted by a Town Crier, Tweet Master and Drummer.
Over two days prior to the walk, Katz conducts knitting sessions with passerby’s at different locations in town, collaborating on the making of the costume for the performance. She works together with the environment, gathering stories aligned with the theme, to create a final tapestry of this place.
During the walk, Marie Christine asks questions revolving around Environmental Awareness, Human Right and Peace. The questioning prompts a conversation which invites participants to share their story and engaging in new ways. As Marie Christine walks, the knitted skirt made prior to the walk unravels, leaving traces of the journey. Performance artifacts along with film and photographs of the walks are compiled into an installation, capturing the ephemera of the shared experience.
Cast of Characters for the Walk
The Guide: Marie Christine Katz —- Marie Christine Katz is a Swiss-born interdisciplinary performance artist and actor. Collaboration and audience participation is key to her work.
The Town Crier: Laura V Ward —- Laura V Ward is a maximalist artist, the artistic director of Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, somatic movement educator, and member of your grandmother’s punk rock band, Dick Pinchers. www.lauravward.com
The Drummer: Tonus Maximus —- Tonus Maximus is a visual artist, singer, multi-instrumental musician, composer, film maker, writer, and Latin scholar.
The Tweet Master: Angelina Vezzetti —- Artist and Photographer working in Hudson, NY
Performance artifacts will be on display at Tanja Grunter Gallery from November 6 — December 19, 2021. Tanja Grunert Gallery 21 Prospect Ave, Hudson, NY 12534 @tanya_grunert_gallery
As part of the project Marie Christine maintain a blog http://letstakeawalkmc.blogspot.com
We are looking forward to share this journey with you.
Thank you in advance for your support and participation.
LTAW#29 as part of Art in Odd Places NYC 2012 with Jennifer Sklias Gahan, Cheryl Kaplan and Jeremy Ayer
With Love and Gratitude, à Bientôt,