Craig Shepard’s On Foot: Brooklyn lasted from February 21 to May 21, 2012. During those thirteen weeks he traveled exclusively on foot in New York City. Each week he composed a new piece, wrote it down and performed it on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a different Brooklyn location. The walks to and from the performance were silent, cell-phone free and open to anyone who wanted to participate. The performances were all in a public outdoor space.
Beth O’Brien attended each walk on bicycle, following the route to photograph both the walkers and the spaces they passed through. She also photographed each performance, placing the camera on a locked-off tripod and collecting thousands of images with a shutter release cable. These images were later sequenced to create slow, still-photo progression videos.
Out of the initial project, many projects have grown. They released a book of O’Brien’s photography during On Foot: Brooklyn in 2015 – go to a portfolio of photos here, and a post about the book here. Craig Shepard went into the studio to record his compositions from On Foot: Brooklyn, and released a CD on Edition Wandelweiser Records, distributed by ertswhile in the USA. You can see the packaging design Beth O’Brien did for it here.
Shepard and O’Brien have collaborated on a 45 minute performance that includes projection of O’Brien’s videos (see video excerpt with music here), performance of Shepard’s compositions on various instruments, playback of field recordings from outdoor spaces in Brooklyn and reading from text about the project. They went on a one week tour in the northeast USA in March of 2014 stopping at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Willimantic Records, Cornell University and Middlebury College. They’ve also done the performance for at Kunstraum Düsseldorf in Germany, as part of John P. Hastings‘ “Sound Series Brooklyn”, Dan Joseph‘s Musical Ecologies Series in Park Slope, at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, at The Center for New Music in San Francisco and Wesleyan University.