SiteLines Success

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Thank you all for making September’s SiteLines walking tours an empowering success of public space activation! Among four tours will nearly 100 participants, we collectively explored the thrilling Urban Sublime of Baltimore’s ever shifting invisible public spaces. We Crossed the Highway to Nowhere, climbed to an impressive, if damp, Reservoir Chill, mindfully Wandered Old Town Mall and indeed made Power Plant truly ALIVE! Stay tuned for an announcement in early 2015 about the forthcoming SiteLines web series culminating in a solo show on the west side of downtown.

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SiteLines Video Walking Tours announced!

SiteLines poster

Throughout the month of September, all are invited to join Baltimore public artist Graham Coreil-Allen for four New Public Sites walking tours of invisible public spaces around Baltimore. Including the Highway to Nowhere, Reservoir Hill / Druid Lake, Old Town Mall and Power Plant Live, these tours will be documented for the forthcoming internet video series SiteLines.

The ongoing New Public Sites project interprets the overlooked and invisible sites within cities, investigates the negotiable nature of public space, and pushes the boundaries of pedestrian agency. SiteLines will translate these radical walking tours and urban design research into sharable, online videos. The video production will capture Coreil-Allen and walking tour participants as they playfully explore public space while he shares some of the sites’ histories, design, and uses. The four tours are thematically connected by suburban style development in a city context, including urban highways and pedestrian malls. The entire SiteLines season will be released on the New Public Sites YouTube channel on a periodic basis, then exhibited as part of a larger installation in Baltimore next Spring. SiteLines will present a compelling portrait of Baltimore and its civic space potential through dramatic shots of public space and pedestrian interactions therein.

All tours are free and open to the public.

 

Walking tour / video shoot schedule:

Saturday, September 6, 1pm – Crossing the Highway to Nowhere

Explore interchanging embankments around The Highway to Nowhere while bolding crossing where many have walked before.
Meet at 398 N Greene Street, in the former Social Security Administration Offices plaza.

Saturday, September 13, 1pm – Reservoir Chill

Where the sidewalk ends beyond a flowing overpass, climb as Druids towards a pastoral sublime.
Meet at 701 Druid Park Lake Drive, next to the intersection of Park Ave and Druid Park Lake Drive.

Saturday, September 20, 1pm – Old Town Wandering Revival

Honor the glory of Gay Street while humbly acknowledging its challenges with pedestrian gestures of hope and cheer.
Meet at 414 Old Town Mall, next to the Baltimore City Fire Museum at Gay and Orleans Streets.

Saturday, September 27, 1pm – Power Plant Alive!

Wear your full rock gear to swamp the market and flip the switch on its power of place.
Meet behind the old Power Plant at 601 E Pratt St, on the south side of Market Place and Pratt St.


Graham Coreil-Allen is a public artist who explores the constructs and contradictions of cities through videos, maps, crosswalks, and walking tours. Coreil-Allen recently completed the Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore and his walking tours have been showcased around the United States and at the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

SiteLines Press Release download

Contact: Graham Coreil-Allen, graham@grahamprojects.com
More info: grahamprojects.com/sitelines | newpublicsites.org | youtube.com/npsvt

Greater Baltimore Cultural AllianceSiteLines is being made possible in part by a Rubys artist project grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

HopXcotch Rivalry preview

HopXscotch Rivalry: A cross-hopping, street race for two!

HopXcotch Rivalry will be two extreme hopscotch courses crossing for one action packed, two person race. Inspired by the success of my Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore, I’m staging this new project to bring playful pedestrian action to the intersection of Charles and Lanvale Streets, in the middle of Artscape’s Field Day, coming up on July 18-20. Participants will start at competing ends of hopscotch paths and must jump fast while staying on track. The two 50’ long courses meet at the middle, presenting an opportunity for racers to bump each other off course. The easy-to-understand and play game will be enhanced with organized hopscotch tournaments at scheduled times throughout the Artscape weekend.

FIELD DAY is a collection of participatory games, activities, performances and competitions designed by artists, which will be free and open to the public during the 2014 Artscape. Seven installations will be featured along the Charles Street corridor; visitors to Artscape will be able to experience each “station” as simply a viewer or by competing against friends, the artist-organizer or gaining a “high score.”

Curated by: Michael Benevento, Jason Corace and Andrew Liang.

FIELD DAY is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA).

Check back for updates at this official HopXcotch Rivalry web page:
http://grahamprojects.com/hopxcotch/

Excited? Tweet about it using the #hopxcotch hashtag!

Interested in helping out with HopXcotch?
Click here to let me know!

Just want know about event updates and the forthcoming walking tour schedule?
Click here to subscribe to the Graham Projects email list!

Balto East Bike Tour redux [cancelled]

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New Public Sites – Balto East Bike Tour

Saturday, June 28 | 1-3 p.m.
the Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD 21224

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Balto East Bike Tour has been cancelled. I apologize for the last minute change! Click here to subscribe to get updates on forthcoming New Public Sites projects at the Creative Alliance! In the meantime, click here to check out the official Balto East Bike Tour page to download your own map for a self-guided tour.

SiteLines Rubys Grant & Artscape HopXcotch

A cold winter of public art proposal writing means a hot summer of playful urban exploration! I am honored to announce that I am an inaugural recipient of a Rubys Artist Project Grant for my forthcoming participatory video tour series, SiteLines. In addition, I will be staging HopXcotch Rivalry as part of the Field Day program at the Artscape festival in Baltimore this July.

SiteLines: Radical Tours of New Public Sites!

Situated within the invisible sites and overlooked features of our everyday urban environment, my ongoing New Public Sites project tests the boundaries of pedestrian agency, interprets the overlooked and banal, and investigates the negotiable nature of public space. SiteLines will be a translation of my radical walking tours and urban design research into sharable videos and a gallery installation. Feature dramatic shots of public space and pedestrian interactions therein, the videos will present a compelling portrait of Baltimore and its civic space potential. The entire SiteLines season will be be released on the New Public Sites YouTube channel on a periodic basis, then shown at a Baltimore gallery alongside “non-site” sculptures of found materials, an immersive map installation and large posters of poetic New Public Sites nomenclature. As a season of social video and multimedia installation, SiteLines will show local and online audiences how a practice of radical pedestrianism can reinvent invisible public space.

SiteLines is being made possible in part by a Rubys artist project grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Click here to learn more about the Spring 2014 RUBYS Grantees.

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance


HopXscotch Rivalry: A cross-hopping, street race for two!

HopXcotch Rivalry will be two extreme hopscotch courses crossing for one action packed, two person race. Inspired by the success of my Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore, I’m staging this new project to bring playful pedestrian action to the middle of Artscape’s Field Day programing along Charles Street. Participants will start at competing ends of the yellow and teal hopscotch paths and must jump fast while staying on track. The two 50’ long courses meet at the middle, presenting an opportunity for racers to bump each other of course. The easy-to-understand and play game will be enhanced with organized hopscotch tournaments at scheduled times throughout the Artscape weekend.

Interested in helping out with SiteLines or HopXcotch?
Click here to let me know!

Just want know about event updates and the forthcoming walking tour schedule?
Click here to subscribe to the Graham Projects email list!

 

Creative Placemaking Talks

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I am presenting artist talks on my on my work dealing with creative placemaking locally today and up in NYC on Monday. Today I am presenting to the Preserving Places course in UMBC’s IRC Fellows Programs. Monday I am delivering a talk and critiquing with students up in NYC as part of the Public Project speaker series offered by the Pratt Graduate Communications Design department. Public Project operates as a collective of faculty and students engaged in the topic of design for social impact and what it means to have a social practice. If you are in NYC Monday and want to hear more about my work, please join us for this public event!

Creative Placemaking Talk
Public Project
12-1pm

144 West 14th Street
7th Floor, Room 707
New York, NY 10011

Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus Construction

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Construction of the Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard Streets in downtown Baltimore is now complete. As the public continues to show their excitement in person and online, I thought I would share a few initial shots and a little background on the project. My project is one of three sets of artist-designed crosswalks made possible by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts for the Bromo Seltzer Arts & Entertainment District. To the BOPA open call, I responded with the following proposal:

The Monumental City is played by giants among many – the business person, the bird, the worker and you. Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an intersection of four oversized hopscotch-court-crosswalks, each featuring a quintessential Baltimore path-print. Featuring the shoe, the bird track, the boot and the footprint, the project is a monument to the people who populate the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District and make Baltimore The Greatest City in America.

North Side: The Shoe – The Towering Businessperson skips east approaching downtown skyscrapers. 
East Side: The Bird Track – The Superbird Champion hops south heading to Camden Yards and The Raven’s Walk. 
South Side: The Boot – Wobbling west The Worker passes through a former garment district built by labor. 
West Side: The Footprint – The Hippie Artist bounces north with abandon towards lofty digs in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District.

Additional coverage can be found at the Baltimore Sun, NPR, Co.DesignAtlantic Cities and WJZ CBS Baltimore. Enjoy! – Graham

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Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus feet progress

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Balto East Bike Tour Rolling Success

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With seventeen participants discovering invisible sites with abandon, the Balto East Bike Tour proved to be a rolling success. In a spirit of radical pedestrianism, we stuck together for more than an hour and a half and over four plus miles while navigating traffic conditions from serene to challenging. Thanks for everyone who participated for your bravery and endurance, and asking thoughtful questions and offering helpful commentary. From the Cork Seer Crossing and Greektown Alleydrift to Expressways Amalgamated and the O’Donnell St Bohverlook, we explored  an array of public spaces while learning from our everyday surroundings and each other. Special thanks to The Creative Alliance for hosting the event and Liz Donadio for documenting the ride.

Click here for the full post.

Bike Tour Oct 5 & Emerge Oct 3-6

Two awesome New Public Events on the same weekend!

New Public Sites – Balto East Bike Tour

Saturday, October 5th | 1-2:30 p.m.
the Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD 21224

Adv. Mbr. $15, Adv. Reg. $20 / Day-of Mbr. $20, Reg. $25

Travel Eastern Ave, O’Donnell St America!

Take a guided bicycle tour from Highlandtown to the Travel America Center and back, that will explore how the urban design of “invisible” public spaces affects our everyday experiences of eastern Baltimore. The tour will investigate the architectural dynamics and social conditions that make places such as the Eastern Avenue Underpass and the O’Donnell Street Interchange as mundane and confounding as they are fascinating and beautiful. A version of this tour was featured on the podcast 99% Invisible. All participants will receive a limited edition, signed 11″ x 17″ tour map.

Click here to download the official press release. Check newpublicsites.org/baltoeast for updates. Meet at the Creative Alliance and bring your bicycle, helmet and radical pedestrianism! Space is limited so reserve your tickets today.

Click here to register for the tour at the Creative Alliance website or call 410-276-1651.

Shards of Site at (e)merge art fair

October 3-6

Capital Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street, SWWashington D.C., DC 20024
www.emergeartfair.com

Prints, poster-paintings, shards and more!

Join myself and the other print/collect artists as we travel our show down to DC for the (e)merge art fair at the Capital Skyline Hotel October 3-6. Check out (e)merge art fair website to find out more about international roster of 80 exhibitors presenting works by 150 artists from 30 countries. In addition to my Shards of Site print, I will also be showing a new series of New Public Sites “poster-paintings” inspired by Ed Rushca’s typographic works. Copies of my book, The Typology of New Public Sites, will be available for $10, plus free shredded pavement souvenirs serving as mementos of place (certificate of authenticity included).

OPENING PREVIEW
Thursday, October 3: 7pm – 9pm: Preview Party 9pm – 11pm
FAIR HOURS 
Friday, October 4: 12pm – 7pm / Saturday, October 5: 12pm – 7pm / Sunday, October 6: 12pm – 5pm
ADMISSION
Opening Preview: $35 advance purchase, $50 at the door
Daily: $15 ($10 Seniors and Students w/ valid ID)