Warmer weather is upon us, vaccine distribution is gradually expanding, and yet after a year of being largely home-bound, many of us may need a little encouragement (or even instruction!) on how to re-emerge into the outside world or perhaps simply re-engage our daily environment. With this in mind, MIT List Visual Arts Center has organized This Way, a series of nine artist-designed walks and experiences that offer us diverse points of entry—some intimate explorations of physical embodiment and sensory experience, others guided modifications of scale, space, and geography, or novel considerations of language, architectures, or landscapes. Borrowing its title from a 1961 series by conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn, while also drawing inspiration from Fluxus and the dérive or “drift” of the Situationists, This Way takes up themes of movement and performance, ritual and meditation, and both abstract and concrete explorations of a range of spaces we occupy.
A new iteration of This Way will be released on the List Center website every other Wednesday, from May 12 to September 8, 2021. Each release will consist of both a written prompt, available as a PDF, and an audio component, recorded by one of the nine invited artists.
Artists creating the series’ prompts include: Morgan Bassichis, Rafael Domenech, Shannon Finnegan, Maria Gaspar, Emilie Gossiaux, Corin Hewitt, David Horvitz, Heather Kapplow, and Xaviera Simmons.
Artist-designed prompts can be experienced anywhere and anytime. Visit the program page to learn more about the series. Register to receive a new release of This Way in your inbox every other week.
This series will include screen reader enabled PDFs for written components, and transcripts for audio components.
Heather Kapplow creates participatory experiences that elicit unexpected intimacies using objects, alternative interpretations of existing environments, installation, performance, writing, audio, and video. Kapplow has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, and has had work commissioned for galleries, film and performance festivals within the USA and internationally.
As a part of ensemble projects, Kapplow has performed at the AroS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Museo Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; and the Queens Museum, New York; and within works by La Pocha Nostra/Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and On Kawara. Kapplow is a member of two artist groups that produce work collectively, Flux Factory and Mobius Artists Group, and an artistic affiliate of MetaLAB at Harvard University. In addition to practicing art, Kapplow writes about it for Hyperallergic and others; teaches it at Montserrat College of Art; and has just co-authored an arts-heavy guidebook to Boston for Emons-Verlag GmbH, available May 2021 in the USA.