Monday, September 23, 2019

Let's Take a Walk #40 took place during Pope.L's project, Conquest.


On Saturday, September 21st, the artist Pope.L , with the help of 140 volunteers performers,  presented Conquest in New York City, a five hour Crawl throughout the village. 

Along the way, at 11am, for a short part of this inspiring project, I guided Let's Take a Walk #40, reporting and guiding you via @mcayer on Twitter
In addition I had the chance of participating, crawling, for the last leg of the journey and was greeted by a hug from Pope.L, a gesture given to all the participants at the finishing line. The final moment of this performance was that of Pope.L being doused with water bottles labeled "Water from Flint Michigan", Pope.L had given us, adding one more element of Social Justice issues that the artist cares for.

As you know I love coincidence, that day marked the 40th years of Pope.L Crawl project, a friend, Debra Jenks, who also volunteered, was dragging along a box filled with rejection letters of the last 40 years of her career as an artist and I present Let's Take a Walk #40  LTAW project began in 2009.
It was for me an enriching experience, I learned that crawling is very difficult, especially on a hot cloudless day, that Pope.L is a very friendly person and that it is nice to know that people you love and who care for you are near by when you are down to the ground. 
I look forward to seeing Pope.L exhibit at the Whitney Museum.
To read more on this project here is an wonderful article by Mandy Harris Williams 

One of Pope.L's incentive in creating this project was meant to bring attention to homelessness, like him, I worked on a project that touches this very important issue, RoadKills and Other Casualties on a year long project in 2005-2006. 

I hope that you had a chance to be part of this project in real time or via Twitter,  sharing a journey, an experience from anywhere in the world. 


Departing Line





Participants were asked to crawl wearing on shoe only.






The New York City AIDS Memorial 




























   








Artist Debra Jenks with her 40 years of rejection letters box.

                      




    



As always I thank you for you participation in Let's Take a Walk, guided and performed since 2009. Walking together in different places throughout the world, yet moving in sync. So far there has been 40 walks: each is a shared moment, a way to connect with each others. In my hope a step toward peace. Marie Christine

LTAW #39 took place during Greta Thunberg's led ClimatStrike

Let's Take a Walk #39
On Friday September 20th  Global Climate Strike led by Greta Thunberg took place throughout the world. I was in Foley Square, New York City, conducting Let's Take a Walk #39 via @mcayer on Twitter. Here are moments of that day and gathered impressions of this powerful and very important movement. Although we did not moved that much during this version of LTAW, together we did say something nice to someone, we sang a song, shared our #ConcernesfortheWorld, #ForOurChildren and thought of what we, as individual can do to lessen the impact we have on our environment, #NoPlastic #Vegetarian #MindfullConsumption #MindfullTravel #Walk #Bike #PublicTransportation #Upcycling, do you have additional suggestions? I would love to hear what you do to make a difference. 

Before I post this blog I have to add Greta's words "How Dear You" this spoke to me "How Dare we?"

Here are some participants and their words 


#LiarLiarHouseOnFire
              
#HoneyNotMoney      #WeAreToast





#RespectTheFuckingEarth
              

#ThereisnoPlanetB



#METOO







#Dinosaure #DidentSeeitComing #Either















#ThePlanetisonFuckingFire













#ThinkorSwim






It was a hot,
very hot for a late September day.
Thank you so much for being part of this very important movement and for joining in LTAW #39.
Marie Christine  

Let's Take a Walk, guided and performed since 2009. Walking together in different places throughout the world, yet moving in sync. Each walk is a shared moment, a way to connect with each others. In my hope a step toward peace. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Let's take a Walk #39 9/20 Greta Thunberg lead Global Climate Strike & Let's Take a Walk #40 9/21 with Pope L inspired Conquest

Hello from New York City
Two important events are taking place in New York City this week so join me; Let’s take a walk, walking together apart. I will be one of the many,many voices speaking of those moments, I hope that you'll join me via @mcayer on Twitter.

Let's Take a Walk #39
On Friday September 20th Greta Thunberg will be leading a Global Climate Strike and demonstration in New York City at Foley Square starting at noon, followed by a rally and march to Battery Park. I'll be on site and  at 1pm (EST) will broadcast via Twitter a moment and gathered impressions of this powerful and very important movement. The 1.1 million students in the city’s public schools have even been excused to join the strike. And it’s not just young people joining in. In Sweden, a group of senior citizens called Greta Gamilingar (Greta’s oldies) is participating.

Let's Take a Walk #40
On Saturday September 21st I will follow the artist Pope.L's Conquest, as he and 140 participants will crawl through the street of Greenwich village.
At 11am I will broadcast via Twitter a short moment of this inspired project. Visit Public Art Fund for more information.

For those of you new to Let's Take a Walk here is a short description of this project I started in March 2010.

Let’s Take a Walk

LTAW is a worldwide walk I lead using Twitter to guide a shared journey, walking together apart. As I take a left turn,for example, participants from anywhere in the world also turn left. Together, though apart, we’ll journey along creating a similar foot print on different soil. On site, sometimes alone, sometimes assisted by a Town Crier, a Tweet Master, and a Drummer, the public and passer by are invited to join in. During the walk, I ask questions about social topics, prompting dialogues, inviting participants to sing a song, say something nice to someone, etc. We film and photograph our journeys, which I compile later into an installation that includes costumes and props used during the walk along with sound, photographs and videos, showing the experience of our group walking in different places yet moving in sync. So far there have been 38 walks; each is a shared moment—a step towards peace. 

Please visit the LTAW blog to learn more.

As always I thank you for your participation.
Marie Christine 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

LTAW #38 Women's March 2019

Women's March 2019 will take place in the US and all over the world. The decision as to where to walk in New York City is a complicated one. I will walk to the three sites, not join them but uniting them, marking my path with small items I'll found on the way. Walking for Unity, Respect and Togetherness.
Let's Take a Walk, thinking globally aiming to walk with all, a walk for peace and inclusion, a walk that unit gender, race, religion and spirituality. Aiming to create connections and to look at what matters, the pursuit of changes in the world that will promote a healthy world, preserve nature and restore peace and solidarity.





Today's journey, walking and circling Foley Square to Central Park West to Grand Central.

Wishing you a day full of love and laughter.
Marie Christine

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

LTAW #37 took place in Nicosia

Thank you so much for being part of Let's Take a Walk #37 that took place both on the Turkish side and the Greek side of Nicosia.

A shout out to the fabulous performers and the people who so generously took part in my project.
Let's Take a Walk #37 cast
Tweet Master - Marie Christine Katz & Anna Weddell
Drummer - Mostafa Ismail
Town Crier - Marielys Burgos
Guide - Marie Christine Katz

A heartfelt thank you to Sophia Hadjipapa, Geert Vermeire, and all the participating artists of the Urban Emptiness Nicosia Festival. If you follow the walk via Twitter please send images of your journey to my Hightail account.

The following photographs are by Marie Christine Katz 





















In Preparation .... To be Continued Performance
was presented in the Dance House Lefkosia
The following photographs are by Stefaan van Biesen courtesy of mck







The following photographs are by Antonis Kentonis courtesy of mck





 Performances artifacts of In Preparation...To be Continued, Knitting...I need you and LTAW#37

The following photographs are by Marie Christine Katz







LTAW #37 took place across the border of the Turkish side and the Greek side on the Ledra Street check point.

The following photographs are by Antonis Kentonis courtesy of mck











The following photographs are by Annemie Mestdagh courtesy of mck

LTAW#37
LTAW#37





















LTAW#37
LTAW#37

Thank you for your support and participation.

Marie Christine