Posts Tagged: Jon Cotner

Spontaneous Society

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Spontaneous Society is a recurring interactive walk lead by Jon Cotner, involving five participants and a “catalog of one-line utterances” that replace “urban anonymity with affection.” You can listen to an audio improvisation of one such walk and see photographs of another here. “Spontaneous Society provides a communication primer: a lesson in affectionate discourse bridging […]

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Poem Forest

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“Urban planners, artists, and citizens around the world must open poetic space within increasingly cramped, increasingly bottom-line-driven cities. Our political animalness gets claustrophobic. We require the commons to encounter each other and the physical landscape.” Poem Forest involved participants reciting 15 lines from 2500 years of poetry at pre-established locations throughout the 50-acre old-growth forest […]

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Let’s Take a Walk Together

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James Yeh writes on the Spontaneous Society for Faster Times, Jon Cotner’s ambulatory, real-life interaction/art installation, inciting strangers to interact positively with one another. The project was created in hopes of reigniting a certain kind of social spontaneity that is lost on all of us by way of headphones and fast-paced lifestyles. It’s been garnering […]

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