Part I: Papalia’s Blind Field Shuttle
“Language is like a road. It cannot be perceived all at once because it unfolds in time, whether heard or read.” —Rebecca Solnit
The art and business worlds alike are increasingly focused on works that are described as “collaborative.” The word evokes a sense of community, cooperation, strength in numbers, and togetherness. Indeed, the practice of working together in this way is perhaps key to the betterment of our world. What follows, however, is a counter-conversation; a reflection upon what happens when interaction and collaboration, the commonplace varieties that occur daily on the sidewalk and in the public sphere, are done passively and thus miss the mark of togetherness. This train of thought was initiated by an experience I had while working closely with artist Carmen Papalia, who conducted many guided walking tours as a part of a practice he calls Blind Field Shuttle, which he most recently enacted at Elsewhere Museum. The walk lead us through a variety of public spaces, an environment that allows for a fascinating conflation of both collaboration and isolation.