‘Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically’ lecture Oct. 27

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Article Published: Oct. 27, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 28, 2011
‘Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically’ lecture Oct. 27

Area artist Joe Bigley will lecture on his long-term public performance art project, ‘Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically,’ Oct. 27.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Artist Joe Bigley will lecture on his project, “Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically,” at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.

This past summer, Bigley executed a long-term public performance art project that consisted of bicycling the length and border of the country of Afghanistan within the United States.

Averaging 75 miles per day, the work commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the subsequent war in Afghanistan. The work was a means to interact with the wider public to engage in a dialogue on their thoughts on the war.

Bigley maintained a neutral stance on the war in order to gauge public perception.

The lecture will include some of the many photos taken along the way, anecdotes regarding the hardships of such a bike tour, the physical demands and the interactions encountered with the public.
A question-and-answer period will follow the talk. The lecture is scheduled to be between 45 minutes and one hour.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit http://www.travfbd.com.

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