Todd Shalom, South Row Soundwalk, 2011. Photo: Jen Plaskowitz
Join Todd Shalom in this workshop on the participatory walk form. Shalom will reveal the underbelly of an Elastic City walk, leading attendees through various ways to read and respond to their surroundings in a co-investigation of the everyday. Various techniques from photography, poetry, movement, and sound will be used to shape the perspective of attendees. Additional concerns, such as: encouraging participation, forming a compelling narrative, and designing a walk route, will also be covered. The group will work towards the construction of a participatory walk. No previous experience necessary. Duration: 2 hours
Participation in this workshop is by application only and is limited to eight people. If you would like to participate, please send a one-paragraph email to firstname.lastname@example.org that explains your interest. The workshop will be held in English but Shalom also speaks Spanish.
Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit. Artists are commissioned by Elastic City to create their own walks. These walks are participatory and may rely on sensory-based techniques, the creation of new folk rituals, and/or other artist-derived exercises to explore one’s self, the group, and a given space.
Todd Shalom works with text, sound, and image to recontextualize the body in space using daily vocabulary. He is the founder and director of Elastic City. In this role, Shalom leads his own walks, collaborates with artists to lead joint walks, and works with artists in a variety of disciplines to adapt their expertise to the participatory walk format. He often collaborates with performance artist/director Niegel Smith. Together, they conceive and stage interactive performances in public and private environments. Shalom’s work has been presented by organizations such as Abrons Art Center, Creative Time, ISSUE Project Room, The Kitchen, the New Museum, P.S.122, and Printed Matter. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts and also holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.