Monday, August 22, 2011
Holy crap was En Route awesome. It was like walking through my city as if in a dream, or a video game. Well, a really abstract and thoughtful video game. It was a sort of large scale, interactive, guided art piece. With downtown Chicago itself as the base medium.
Layered on top of that was music, mostly of the ambient variety, but some of which came to the foreground at very opportune moments, often on emerging or entering an alley, to great effect. There was also abstract, poetic narration. All of that came from an mp3 player strapped to my wrist. And the directions from point to point came as text messages to my cell phone, right when they needed to. I was definitely being observed from afar, but it felt somehow comforting rather than creepy.
These pictures were taken in a parking garage I was led through, onto the roof for a solitary moment of contemplating the skyline. It was all solitary really, even when walking through crowds, and lulled me into a calm, pleasant, meditative state. I feel a bit bad raving about it so much, since it is totally sold out. Look out for it in London in the coming year if you can though. They will be designing a whole new site-specific experience there sometime in 2012. The company that put it on is called One Step at a Time Like This.