Hingetown Culture Works teamed up with Open Streets Cleveland to debut newly commissioned works by 6 artists that focus on walking, skateboarding, cycling, and playing. The selected artists submitted proposals, to the HCW review panel, that respond to existing infrastructure, support transportation alternatives in Cleveland, and invite the public to slow down. The following artists will debuted their work in Hingetown from 1 pm – 5 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2018, during Open Streets:
Anne Howard, through Levity Dance and Physical Theater, presented PLAY!, a world of fun and movement for those predisposed to playfulness. A meditative circle maze, energetic dance performances, and a frolicsome red light green light game were part of the festivities.
Tony Ingrisano will film the Open Streets bike parade, capturing the flurry of cycling activity along Detroit Avenue. His video art was displayed in the SPACES window at the intersection of Detroit & W. 29th Street, in the form of a nighttime projection throughout the month of May.
Douglas Paulson operateed Popcast, a mobile podcast studio that serves popcorn. Participants can weigh in on global or local issues to form a collaged conversation that encourages debate in public space.
Joey Strunk invited the local skateboarding community to use his large-scale ramp-sculpture, Open Book. Along with providing physical activity that promotes health and a source of sustainable transportation, skateboarding acts as a critique of a city’s built environment. Through the eyes of skateboarders, the city is read like a book and is constantly being re-written through performance.
Mary K. Thomas created an interactive mural celebrating local landmarks and non-motorized transportation. Members of the public are invited to add characters that illustrate active lifestyles.
Danny Volk’s Cruising is a storytelling platform that moves participants through time and space by superimposing the pre-Hingetown area of the 90s and 00’s onto the Hingetown of today. Local businesses were sonically represented through field recordings that are overlaid with interviews and narrative vignettes conjuring establishments from the past.
Open Streets Cleveland (formerly ciCLEvia) temporarily closes segments of Cleveland streets to cars and opens them for people-powered movement. Now in its third year, the Open Streets movement in Cleveland opens up a around a mile of city streets once a moth in the summer. It is based on the ciclovias of Latin American cities, such as Bogota, Columbia, where over 70 miles of streets are open to people every Sunday and holiday.