Nomadic Art: Doug Aitken’s Station to Station

This September, multimedia artist Doug Aitken will embark on a lengthy train-trip across America to highlight the cultural and creative landscape of the country.

Station to Station invites a handful of creative folk, including musicians, contemporary artists, writers and food enthusiasts, to travel alongside Aitken, stopping off at 10 stations along the way to create and install site-specific artworks.

Artists and writers scheduled to participate, so far include Carsten Höller, Olaf Breuning, filmmaker Kenneth Anger and cultural critic Dave Hickey. In addition, musicians Connan Mockasin, Dan Deacon, Ariel Pink and Savages will make appearances along the route. The train itself has been designed by Aitken to work as a “cultural studio,” and will broadcast live events and happenings on-board the train, to a global audience.

Speaking about the project recently, Aitken explained, “this is a fast moving cultural journey, a constant search over the new horizons of our changing culture. Grounded in some basic questions—Who are we? Where are we going? And, at this moment, how can we express ourselves?—our intention is to create a modern cultural manifesto. For a short time, the most interesting place in the country will be a moving target.”

This fascinating public art project is being funded by Levi’s, and hopes to raise money for several galleries, cultural programs and arts projects across the country that have suffered since the economic downturn.

Read more about the project via the website. You can also check more cultural happenings currently on our radar in our newly revamped, global culture calendar. – Samantha Fox

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