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Longest Walk: Chicago, Open Engagement Conference

Award: Inclusion in public performance

Deadline: 04/14/2017

Guidelines link: Click here for guidelines

Disciplines: Not Discipline Specific

Location: National

Cleveland movement artist, Megan Young, is seeking participants to be part of an embodied public monument to womanist activism throughout history. This second iteration of Longest Walk will take place on University of Illinois, Chicago campus on Saturday, April 22st and Sunday April 23rd on the walking bridge traveling from S Peoria street north of the I-290 highway (near Gallery 400) toward W Harrison. This piece is being performed as part of Open Engagement (OE), an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Deadline to apply for participation is April 14, 2017.

Longest Walk features a durational performance of stylized walking within public space. All female identifying social activists are invited to join. The project acknowledges the female body as a contested site and recognizes that the gathering is - in and of itself - an act of resistance. The project features protest posters by artist Angela Davis Fegan. Poster text for this iteration reads, “We Hold Space For ___________; Longest Walk” and invites participants to fill-in what their presence represents.

Longest Walk draws from embodied practices throughout history and around the world. It has been developed with influences from sources including: Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina), Black Sash (S. Africa), Ladies in White (Cuba), and Women in Black (Isreal). The first iteration of this project developed in response to the limiting policies of the Republican National Convention (RNC 2016) in Cleveland, OH. In contrast to the RNC and local government response, this public installation prioritizes making time and space for difference.