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Station To Station Takes Art Across America

America is BIG. We mean really big. Compared to England and the UK, it's, well, really, really, really big. Which is why the concept of the coast-to-coast road trip is more of an evocative one on the other side of Atlantic than it is here.

Now the classic idea of a pan-American road trip is taking to the rails, as part of the wonderful-sounding project by Doug Aitken called Station To Station. To quote the website, "Over the course of three weeks in September 2013, a train will travel from New York City to San Francisco, making nine stops at train stations across the country.

Organized by artist Doug Aitken, Station to Station will connect leading figures and underground creators from the worlds of art, music, food, literature, and film for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The train, designed as a moving, kinetic light sculpture, will broadcast unique content and experiences to a global audience.

A public art project made possible by the Levi’s® brand, Station to Station will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at nine partner museums around the country."

Another example here of the concept of brand as patron (see blog posts passim, this is a really interest pan-disciplinary idea, and we'll be fascinated to see what comes of it. At the very least we'll be glued to the website, and wishing we could attend some of the site-specific performances taking place at train stations across the USA.

If you'd like to know more, this piece on Wired US is excellent both as an overview of the project and as an augmented, pseudo-artistic work in its own right - check it out.

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