Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and site responsive art as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal, part of our urban identity, and a state of mind. Beginning in mid-April, Robb will embark on a 5-month, 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio, and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she will create digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files—periodically sending them to a series of West Coast art venues. There they will be printed, projected and installed, evolving into cumulative exhibitions. Host venues include: Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, CA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; and the Frye Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery, in Seattle, WA.
At its core, Wild Times is a proposition to Robb’s audience to seek out and explore their own wildness. To aid this process, Susan has created satellite programming such as a “hero’s journey” writing workshop, group “therapy” explorations facillitated by a psychoanalyst, comedic improv workshop dérive, and a “trail magic” master class.
Robb will begin her hike in April; a lack of snow in the Sierras allows for an early departure date