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Desert Walker 2008

Desert Walker is a performance of a conceptual expanded choreography, produced by Motherboard (Per Platou / Amanda Steggell).

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Location: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA
Date: 17th April 2008
Duration: Approx. 12 hours
Target audience: Virtually nobody
Co-directors: Amanda Steggell and Per Platou
Choreography: Amanda Steggell
Desert Walkers: Leon Cullinane, Håkon Gundersen, Saila Hyttenin and Kristine Øren
Documentation: Per Platou, Amanda Steggell and Annesofie Norn. See excerpts of the project video here and here.
Assisted by: CLUI (Center for Land Use Interpretation), Wendover Airport and Steve Durtschi (pilot)
Funded by: Arts Council Norway
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Desert Walker relates to the field of choreography as land art relates to the visual arts. Or does it? That is the question this project set out to investigate.

On a stage that stretches beyond human vision, where the weather can shift faster than the blink of an eye, four solo walkers performed an act of endurance, simultaneously and in silence – a serial choreography based on the choreographic score of Samuel Beckett’s TV drama “Quad” (1981). Taken off the screen and re-enacted on the vast Salt Playa, the performance zone was stretched from a square of 6 x 6 m to 600 x 600 m (1:100).

The performance occurred only once, unannounced and on a such scale and duration that spectating became a virtual impossibility. To witness the performance in its entirety would require hovering over the salt flats for a period of 12 hours. The question that arises is what’s left once the walking’s over? Below is a possible response; traces of footsteps on the Salt Playa and traces on a GPS device and delivered in realtime on Google Maps.

Navigation:

Click & Drag: Rotate the view.
Right Click & Drag: Pan the view.