: Aseman Sabet
Initiated and directed by New York artist Todd Shalom, Elastic City aims to make the public an active part of performative walks in order
to generate unexpected and poetic encounters with the places we live
in and visit. Using a pre-mapped itinerary, the artist deploys visual,
auditory and tactile techniques in public space to engage participants
in a multisensorial work that escapes the established categories, or
any given discipline. The walk, however, is "site specific walks",
as it cannot be replicated in another location without significantly
altering the work.
Conceived as brief performative narratives that are experienced with
small group, Shalom’s walks are constructed with a fair amount
of intuition and influenced by his immediate surrounding. The artist
goes on a series of informal walks around a neighborhood to take its
pulse. From there, he gathers information and solidifies a conceptual
framework to plan a route. Next, various poetic responses are planned
for the participants. These might include gestural or ritualistic actions.
Participants might make monuments with their bodies in response to the
monuments in public space or create a visual poem from objects they find
on the street.
For Elastic City’s Montreal debut, Todd Shalom will work in the
Mile-End neighbourhood, home to CLARK Gallery. What will define this
project in Montreal will be the emphasis on the sense of "touch," not
in traditional sensorial terms, but in its evocative psychological and
emotional dimension: the artist aims to create a touching walk.
Over 60 artists been commissioned by Elastic City to lead walks in cities
around the world including: New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Paris, Sao
Paulo, Tokyo, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. The organization has also
partnered with a range of museums and local galleries, public gardens
and universities to present its walks. CLARK Gallery hosts the Canadian
debut of Elastic City and presents this newly commissioned walk by the
founder/director of the project, Todd Shalom.
To join this Elastic City walk, we invite you to sign up by
contacting Centre CLARK via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone
The walks will last approximately 90 minutes. They are free, but the
capacity is limited to 12 participants/walk.
Walk 1 : Friday, Septembre 27th – 8 pm
Walk 2 : Saturday,
Septembre 28th – 4 pm
Please note that both walks will depart from Centre CLARK (5455, avenue
de Gaspé, #114) at the starting
time listed above.