I Didn’t Know People Walked in L.A.

I think this is a really great idea. If you’re in the LA area, it sounds like this might be a fun way to spend an afternoon.

via Insurgent Muse:

“For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the middle of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.” – Charles Baudelaire

A Walk to Remember, a project organized by Jens Hoffmann, Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, invites a seminal group of Los Angeles-based artists—including John Baldessari, Jennifer Bornstein, Meg Cranston, Morgan Fisher, Evan Holloway, Paul McCarthy, Allen Ruppersburg, Ruben Ortiz Torres, and Eric Wesley—to conceive and carry out guided tours through neighborhoods and areas of Los Angeles with which they have a particular relationship or affinity and which deal specifically with the rich cultural history of the city. Every walk will to some degree mirror the particular artistic approach of the artist that conceives it, while at the same time tell the audience something about the artist’s own history in relation to Los Angeles. Each member of the audience taking part in a walk will be given a disposable camera to document their individual impression of the artist’s walk from their distinct perspective. In effect, the walks will form a hybrid between a performance and a guided sightseeing tour, between a work of art and an anthropological experience inside an urban space. Participants’ cameras will be collected at the end of the walk and the resulting photographs shown onsite at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions will comprise another important facet of the exhibition. Thus, “A Walk to Remember” creates a situation in which the artists and the audience can initiate an ongoing process that values the role of artists as “translators” and inspires the audience to take part in the creation of art.

Opening reception: LACE, Wednesday 9 February, 2005 7-9 pm

To sign up for the walks, please call 323.957.1777 x12. As space is very limited, tickets must be purchased in advance: $20 / $15 for LACE members and students with valid ID.