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Looking for Bears: A Walk in Central Park Led by Artist Bibi Calderaro

Americas Society

June 29, 2017
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Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
 
Welcome the summer with an immersive walk in Central Park led by conceptual artist Bibi Calderaro. Looking for bears is an outdoors experience, in which participants are invited to nurture their imaginations as they walk deliberately within the landscape. 
 
Expanding their perceptual capacities of time and place, participants will engage in new interactions with nature aimed towards a continued sense of embodiment and grounding awareness. The artist proposes to elaborate on the surrounding environment and rediscover some of the relationships entangled with our presence there. As Calderaro states: “Let’s walk, talk, read, write. Let’s interact with the landscape as we take up information and we leave traces while we all hope for a better future. We will play and calculate the angle at which our hopes may meet in its fullest form with performativity.”
 
Participants will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Central Park’s Miner’s Gate on 5th Avenue and 79th Street. The walk will begin at 6:45 p.m. sharply and will last approximately 1:30 hours, returning to the meeting point at 8:15 p.m. Please bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. The event will be rescheduled in case of rain.  
 
Event Information: Veronica Flom | vflom@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8367
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384
Membership Informationas-coa.org/CulturalCircle | membership@as-coa.org
 

Artist's Bio: Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and researcher whose work circulates internationally since 1995. Her participatory sensorial walks have been part of Open Engagement-New York; the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; US National Park Service and Füd, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her latest project includes Walking as Ontological Shifter, a multilayered performance-based research project. We Weave and Heft by the River, (Schumacher College, UK) and Unearthing, Re-earthing, (Entitle Conference, Sweden) are her most recent collaborations with the Coastal Reading Group (http://coastalreadinggroup.com/). Other projects include the curatorial collaboration Notations, the Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Galleries, NY; and the biennial urban foraging, cooking and reading events What Mushroom? What Leaf?; Surfing on Sand-Climate in the Expanded Field and Still Surfing. Her performances were featured at PS1 MoMA and MinusSpace, NY; her films screened at the Flaherty Film Seminar, among other venues. Bibi holds a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification, and is pursuing a degree in sustainability and education. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.