A Short Note About the Bus Tour
In Fall of 2000, e-Xplo began to work on a public art project that manifested itself as part bus tour, part electro-acoustic music performance and part public talks. e-Xplo started to build on that original project/idea by creating tours for different sites.
e-Xplo uses the "public space" of the tour as the ground to engage with questions related to social identity and the urban landscape (by physically traversing the performance through chosen places).
is to examine manifestation(s) of global forces in specific social and
cultural settings as opportunities for modes of urban experience and
material configurations of (within) the urban environment. With each
tour the group (shall) investigate(s) a distinct but related research
topic, thus focusing on specific issues for concrete places and problems,
while also searching for broader insights. In turn each topic
examines a crucial dynamic of contemporary public life. These include
the public spectacle of information, the transformation of land into
property, population and mobility, identity, extreme environmental
conditions and changes. Each tour independently explores the relationship
between organizational methods and phenomena - from the electronic to
the environmental - the spatial and material configurations of the built
environment - from the infrastructural to the intimate. Moreover, each
topic investigates how these relationships alter through space and how
these dynamic scans become a source for a new criteria of performance
and social reciprocity.
The original tour, of Williamsburg Brooklyn, was called Dencity and it succeeded not only in bringing different interests (e.g., cities, in-between spaces, movement, sound, popular cultural forms, etc…), but also in creating a work that attracted a diverse public .This project as well as 65MPH, the subsequent "tour" (Spring, '01) of the highways and bridges connecting New York City, have given the motivation and idea for a larger project that will take place over a more expansive period and will cover a larger territory (different cities).
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