Over the next three weeks in September, artist Doug Aitken’s radical new art project is pulling in to a train station near you. Entitled ‘Station to Station,’ this nomadic music and arts festival is crossing the country by train, traveling from New York City to San Francisco and making nine stops in total. Sponsored by Levis, the project connects artists of diverse mediums and locations for an ephemeral and dazzling display of the arts while sowing the seeds for future artistic development.
Aitken designed the nomadic, site-specific art project in response to funding cuts faced by cultural programs and the arts across the nation. From September 6 to September 28, 2013, the train will travel coast to coast to raise support for the arts and lay the tracks needed to bring together a greater network of artists through a series of events focusing on art, music, food, literature and film. Funding raised from Station to Station ticket sales and donations will directly benefit non-traditional arts programming at nine partner museums around the country, from MoMA PS1 to LACMA.
CollabCubed, which was present at Station to Station’s nine-city tour kickoff in New York, described it as a unique and festive experience. Starting with a beautiful colored smoke performance by Olaf Breuning, the kickoff event mixed a night of thundering drums and dancing, funky and colorful nomadic yurt installations, diverse music sets and captivating films that were screened behind the musicians and between sets.
The train, which has also been transformed into a moving light sculpture, is on track and moving west. After stopping at New York and Pittsburgh, the train has arrived at its third destination, Chicago, where it is scheduled for a two-day visit.
Images via Station to Station Facebook