The Red Tape Labyrinth; Immigration Meditation, is a temporary site-specific participatory art installation and performance site staged on West 14th Street in Manhattan from October 6 through 9, 2016.
The Red Tape Labyrinth; Immigration Meditation, installation invites passersby to walk, amble, dance, stride, or toddle along the labyrinth’s single spiraling path and to physically and contemplatively engage with the processes of pilgrimage, passage, and migration on foot and engage with its political dimensions. Participants will also be encouraged to write their thoughts, experiences, and hopes onto the path using the chalk provided.Outlined in actual red duct tape, the Red Tape Labyrinth; Immigration Meditation imagines a clear path through the bureaucratic “red tape” usually confronting migrants and immigrants. The title also recalls the ancient Greek myth and the ball of red thread that the goddess Ariadne gave to Theseus, to mark his route out of the labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur at its center.
Musicians, dancers and performance artists will engage with the labyrinth and audiences.
This installation is included in the Art in Odd Places Festival – with “Race” as its 2016 theme – an event that aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks outside the confines of traditional public space regulations, and reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.Founded and directed by Ed Woodham, Art in Odd Places 2016: RACE is curated by Rylee Eterginoso, Elissa Blount-Moorhead, Tumelo Mosaka, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi. Curatorial manager is Malena Amaranta Negrao with curatorial assistant,Tasha Douge.
The Art in Odd Places Festival runs from Thursday, October 6th to Sunday October 9th, 2016 on 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. Noon to dusk. Free and open to the public.