We and Our Shaaadows: An artist-led tour of our dark companions

Chiara Bernasconi, the great Elastic City guide and artist, is attempting a sort of poetry of her own, asking a small group of amenable participants to dance with their own shadows on a Coney Island shadow walk.

In Reviews by Teri Duerr 2011-07-07 print

The great American poet Carl Sandburg once said that “poetry was an echo, asking a shadow dance.” Chiara Bernasconi, the great Elastic City guide and artist, is attempting a sort of poetry of her own, asking a small group of amenable participants to dance with their own shadows on her Coney Island performance walk We and Our Shaaadows.

“We don’t always pay attention to our shadows,” said Bernasconi, “but we really should, because they are a deep and dark part of ourselves.” We and Our Shaaadows encourages participants to become more attuned to this often overlooked part of themselves, as well as the ever-changing shadowscape of the city around them. Bernasconi urges walkers to become “shadow activists,” to compile a written or photographic shadow journal, to name shadows (“This is a dynamic shadow!” “This is a fading one!”), and ultimately, to loose their own shadows to “do things that you, yourself, would never do.”

The sunset stroll leads walkers through various and ever-changing Coney Island environs – a playground, a train station, an amusement park, the boardwalk – and ends with a quiet, introspective moment at the beach, where shadow walkers follow the last, elongated and fading shadows to sea at sunset.

We and Our Shaaadows (July 6-July 9, 2011) kicks off a summer season of several Elastic City walks. Unlike traditional tours, the walks of Elastic City, founded by soundwalk artist Todd Shalom and now in its second year, explore the city through unexpected sensory entry points and themes, and are informed by participants’ internal encounters as much as their external ones.

July 6-9, 2011 | 6:30 pm | $20 – We and Our Shaaadows led by Chiara Bernasconi. Meets in front of the Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
July 10, 16-17, 2011 | various times | $12 – Through the Cracks led by Betsey Biggs
July 23, 24, 30, 31, 2011 | 3:00 pm | $20 – Pro-prio-ception led by Isabella Bruno
August 13-14, 2011 | 3:00 pm | $20 – Subterranean Homesick Dreams led by Edmund Mooney
August 20, 21, 27, 28, 2011 | 1:00 pm | $20 – Solar Alignment Walk led by Neil Freeman

For full details or to register visit Elastic-City.com.

Teri Duerr

Teri Duerr. Teri lives in Brooklyn where she co-runs Horse+Dragon NYC, a boutique agency that puts creative talents to work on publicity, editing, design, and events/exhibitions for artists, writers and nonprofit friends. She has spent much of the last year launching publicity campaigns for films at Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, and for television broadcast. In addition to being a contributing editor for the highly dubious culture publication Chief Magazine, and a book reviews editor for Mystery Scene, she spent four years as director and editorial mentor for the Minneapolis teen girls’ magazine Chicas in the Mix, followed In 2000 by editor in chief posts at events & culture magazines Tokyo Scene and Kansai Scene in Japan. Her editorial and photo production work has appeared in places like Best Life, The Source, Men’s Health, Organic Style, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, and most recently Tom Tom Magazine and CODE. » See other writings


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