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The Bundle and the Pilgrimage - Collaborative Public Performance

  • Des Moines Art Center - Lobby
  • Address: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
  • April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018
  • see description
  • Price: Free but with a reservation


4/14/2018 / 10:00am - 12:00pm

Help Us Create the Bundle
Friday, April 13 / 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 14 / 10 am – Noon

Each participant is asked to bring one or two personal objects to contribute. Each object should be larger than 8” x 12” x 3”. We will create an archive of these objects, through recording them in various ways, from research to ritual to tactile forms of tracing, we will map these items by examining the sources of the parts, from mining to production, distribution, and use of particular objects. We will also draw, write about, and photograph or scan the objects. This will serve as a memoir for each object. Each person will tie together their objects and tie them into the bundle, making a collaborative sculpture.

The Bundle and The Pilgrimage

An anthropology of objects considers questions about everyday life: how are our daily rhythms dependent on habits of purchase, use, and discard? How may we understand the passage of time through objects? How can we interpret permanence and ephemerality: what endures, and for how long? What stories do we want to tell through objects that are meaningful to us, or through those objects that we may not see much meaning in, but that still contain it? Through the objects we habitually collect, what clues are we leaving behind for those who come after us? And in this regard, can we proclaim these to be gifts that we would also want to receive?

This public performance is related programming for the exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967–2017.

Des Moines Art Center Lobby and Greenwood Park

The Bundle and the Pilgrimage - Collaborative Public Performance