Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike
as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.
What is wild?
Only 3% of the contiguous United States is still considered protected wild space. As our culture increasingly pressures us to maintain a personal “brand,” be in constant contact, and snapchat every moment, maybe it’s not just our geographic wild spaces that are endangered, but our internal wild spaces as well.
Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.
Where is wild?
Beginning in mid-April 2014, artist Susan Robb embarks on a 5-month journey from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio, and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she will create digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files—periodically sending them to a series of West Coast museums and art centers. There they will be printed, projected, and installed, evolving into cumulative exhibitions.
Are you wild?
At its core, Wild Times is a proposition to YOU to seek out and explore your own wildness: sign up for a workshop, immerse yourself in the stories of everyday explorers, and hack your wild.
From the untrammeled spaces of the PCT and with your help, the host venues, and project collaborators, Robb hopes to plot the coordinates of wildness in contemporary life. Through Wild Times, she offers her body and work as a conduit between gallery and wilderness, public and trail, form and formless, and as a way to cultivate the wild terrain that resides in us all.