Harrell Fletcher at the Field House

We are very excited to welcome Harrell Fletcher to the Burrard Marina Field House in late August where h will develop research rooted in his recent walking projects toward a new piece for Vancouver. In 2013, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, he developed a four day walk with a group of museum staff, scientists and members of the public. Over forty miles, from the museum across the Bay to Emeryville and the top of Mt Diablo, each participant presented topics related to the areas they were travelling through.  The Exploratorium is an interactive museum dedicated to science, art, and human perception.  By extending the museum’s curiosity based learning into the surrounding landscape, it aims to transform the everyday world into an open classroom, working toward a greater integration of the cultural institution within its surrounding community. Fletcher will be hosting a walk in Vancouver on March 21 as preliminary research for an expanded project in 2016.  Stay posted for more details and information about how you can be involved.

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Here are some “suggestions for taking a walk” from Fletcher’s book The Best Things in Museums are the Windows (53, 2014):

  • Organize a group of willing participants; try to keep them as diverse as possible (age, gender, profession, etc.).
  • Select a starting point near where you live, work, or go to school.
  •  Select a point in the distance.  This point might necessitate a route that would take an hour to complete, or one that could take months or even years.
  • Have each participant determine a specific location along the route to deliver a presentation of some sort — a talk, a song, a dance, whatever they like — that’s related to an element of the environment you’re walking through.
  • Gather what you’ll need for the trip, such as food, water, and camping gear.
  • Head outside and see what happens.
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Public Doors and Windows. Image credit: Nolan Calish

Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SFMoMA, de Young Museum, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Yerba Buena Center, all in San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum; The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Sculpture Center, all in New York; PICA, Portland; The Seattle Art Museum; Signal, Malmö, Sweden; Domain de Kerguehennec, France; Tate Modern, London and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. His work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and was the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. From 2002 to 2009 Fletcher co-produced Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. His 2005 exhibition The American War originated at ArtPace in San Antonio, travelling to Solvent Space, Richmond, VA; White Columns, NYC; The Center For Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Boston; PICA, Portland and LAXART, Los Angeles among other locations. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University, Oregon.

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