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

 

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Explore Baltimore’s invisible public spaces
while taking part in the SiteLines internet video series

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.

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

Click here to download the SiteLines – Video Walking Tours Press Release.

 

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SiteLines is being made possible in part by a Rubys Artist Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Shards of Site additions

 

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This past year of exploring a thrilling urban sublime has resulted in ever-expanding collection of New Public Shards of Site. These shredded pavement souvenirs servings as mementos of place serve as both intriguing found objects and legible linguistic forms. I’ve begun developing the infographic posters and collectability frameworks in an effort to share the beauty, power and poetics of these readymade, public space sculptures.

Click here to learn more about the ongoing Shards of Site maps, posters and non-sites.

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. Scroll down for pictures or click here for the full flickr set.

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Gathering at the Creative Alliance.

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Always read the plaque. Reading about the Eastern Avenue Underpass, and early example of limited access highway design.

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Learning from each other as participant Julie  shares her insights on alleyway permaculture being indicative of local immigrant culture.

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Cruising down the Greektown Alleydrift.

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Pausing to reflect on the Triangle X-ing at Ponca and O’Donnell Streets.

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Explore an Invisible Passage while listening to Aural Saturation under I-895.

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Climbing an Epic Embankment.

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Jumping the rad guerilla cement ramp that allows rolling access to the O’Donnell Street Bridge sidewalk.

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Exploring a Thrilling Urban Sublime within the Parallax of Transit.

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Group shot of the Balto East Radical Pedestrians.

Bike Tour Oct 5 & (e)merge Oct 3-6

 

Two awesome New Public Events on the same weekend!

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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 & 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.

 

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Shards of Site at (e)merge art fair

October 3-6
Capital Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street, SW
Washington 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)