AJ Ivings and Carmen Papalia
installation/performance with modified white cane, plastic lining, markers, poetry
Touch-Street is a performance piece and mixed-media installation that engages with Caning in the City by Carmen Papalia—a deconstruction of Michel de Certeau’s Walking in the City—which describes Papalia’s experience of place as a person who must cane the city in order to “read” and “write” her or his way through it. The performance included a sample of blind participants who mapped their routes for one month with modified white canes. The installation consists of a cane used in the performance and transparent vinyl sheets with poetry in the dimensions of a city sidewalk.