PS122’s Mobile Walking Tour Debuts Tomorrow

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Performance Space 122’s building on East 9th Street has been under renovation for the past three years. While it’s not expected to reopen until next year, there’s an opportunity tomorrow to connect with the venerable art institution’s history.

There’s a kickoff event at 2 p.m. for a new self-guided smartphone walking tour. Here’s a blurb:

Performance Space 122’s Mobile Walking Tour connects the history of performance with the history of our neighborhood through a free self-guided mobile tour. Users are led to several locations around the Lower East Side which were each home to seminal moments in performance history. Each location features site-specific video content playable on your smartphone discoverable via links marked by a chalked stencil design and can be navigated through the mobile site… Featuring interviews from prominent artists and curators reflecting on the unique history of the East Village such as John Collins, Jack Ferver, Dean Moss, Katherine Profeta, Salley May, Mark Russell, Kaneza Schaal, Lucy Sexton and more!

Featured on the tour, which will be available all this month are:

A bit more background via a piece yesterday in the New York Times:

Vallejo Gantner, PS122’s artistic director, worries that young artists don’t know that the organization is part of the East Village, and neither will some of its neighbors when it reopens, which it expects to do next year. He doesn’t want it to seem, he said, as if “we parachuted in.” … The challenge is to talk about the artistic exploration that has happened there, but “in a way that is not just about nostalgia.” He would like to see PS122 remain the “hub of an innovative, generative culture,” even if East Village rents mean fewer of its artists live around the corner. “That ethos doesn’t have to die just because the neighborhood’s changed,” he said. “Because that’s the thing that made it interesting, and will make it interesting in the future.”
RSVP is required to attend tomorrow’s kickoff. More info about the tour here.  The event is part of Lower East Side History Month. Several other LES walking tours are being offered over the weekend. Here’s a summary.