As an artist whose latest project involved destruction, Doug Aitken has calmed down a bit and announced an upcoming public art project, sort of. The artist plans to embark upon a journey by train travelling from New York to San Francisco, making ten stops along the way.
The project “Station to Station: a Nomadic Happening” is a road trip. Contemporary artists like Urs Fischer, Carsten Holler, Liz Glynn, Ernesto Neto and Stephen Shore are coming along for the ride, as well as musical guests the Fiery Furnaces, Charlotte Gainsbourg and David Longstreth from the Dirty Projectors and writers Rick Moody and Dave Hickey.
The project seems to comment on the segregation of the arts, in which musicians and artists rarely share the same venues at the same time. As Aitken says himself:
This really came out of a kind of restlessness, the feeling that art forms are too often segregated, music played in the same clubs and art shown in the same galleries and museums.
The project, which is already supported by Levi’s, plans to donate much of the proceeds of ticket sales to contemporary art organizations such as the Walker Art Center, the Los Angeles Museum of Art as well as the Carnegie Museum of Art. (Image: Wired)