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Carmen Papalia, Mobility Device, 2013. Photo by John Spiak. Courtesy of Grand Central Arts Center.

Carmen Papalia’s Mobility Device moves onto the High Line on September 11-12 (photo by John Spiak; courtesy of Grand Central Arts Center)

The High Line
Wednesday, September 11
6:30 performance begins at 34th St., traveling southeast
7:00 performance begins at the Spur at 30th St., traveling northwest
Thursday, September 12
7:00 performance begins at Gansevoort St., traveling north
7:30 performance begins at 16th St., traveling south
Admission: free, no RSVP required

Originally performed at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana California in 2013 and two years later at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Carmen Papalia’s Mobility Device now moves to the High Line for site-specific performances on September 11 and 12. Free with no advance RSVP necessary, Mobility Device has two different start times at two distinct locations each night. Artist and disability activist Papalia, a Vancouver native, transforms his detection cane for the event, redefining how public spaces are used by everyone while raising questions of perceptual mobility and accessibility; people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to attend. He will be accompanied by the eighteen-piece Hungry March Band, playing a site-reactive score; the audience can follow the brass ensemble, as if it is a detection cane leading the way for the visually impaired, or find viewing areas, some with seating, along the routes.

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