Hear Our Houston Creative Tours: Call for Entries by April 29!

In celebration of Erling Kagge's Walking, we invite Houstonians to participate in a creative reimagining of place.

Houston artist Carrie Marie Schneider is the creator of the project Hear Our Houston, a hub of public generated audio walking tours around our city. Now, we'd like Brazos customers and Houstonians to participate in the creation of these tours. As you wander the streets of Houston, take a moment to express your thoughts -- about the space, your history there, or the process of walking itself.

Simply record your resulting “tour” (which can range in length anywhere from 3-20 minutes, or beyond) and send to events@brazosbookstore.com by April 29, 2019. A running playlist of these tours will be available on our site.

Then, join us on May 1 at 6pm for a happy hour celebrating Erling Kagge’s new book, Carrie’s project, and Houstonians who have walked the city. We will have a listening station set up to hear the audio you’ve contributed. We will also have refreshments available. (event on our site HERE)

At 7pm, Erling Kagge will read from and present his book, Walking: One Step at a Time. Copies of his title will be available for purchase. (event on our site HERE)

From HearOurHouston.com:

“Some tours rely on an expert eye view. Other tours share intimate glimpse of the neighborhoods they call home. Some tours are an unexpected pairing of a fresh pair of eyes on a well trodden path. Some tours are really about getting to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, paths that we may be curious about but don’t always have the chance to understand.

All of these tours give us a window into another part of our world.

All of these tours celebrate the journey.

They are not a list of easily consumable hotspots. From point a to point b, you walk, you discover meaning in details you never noticed, in in-between spaces you wouldn’t have sought to arrive at, and see even the familiar in a new light. Houston is a city of great but hidden richness only truly discovered by experience and word of mouth. In a place where walking is a radical act, Hear Our Houston is preserving our hidden gems, voicing meaning within geography, and celebrating our common sense of space.”

About WALKING: Placing one foot in front of the other, embarking on the journey of discovery, and experiencing the joy of exploration—these activities are intrinsic to our nature. Our ancestors traveled long distances on foot, gaining new experiences and learning from them. But as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. For Erling Kagge, it is the gateway to the questions that fascinate him—Why do we walk? Where do we walk from? What is our destination?—and in this book he invites us to investigate them along with him.

Language reflects the idea that life is one single walk; the word “journey” comes from the distance we travel in the course of a day. Walking for Kagge is a natural accompaniment to creativity: the occasion for the unspoken dialogue of thinking. Walking is also the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives, to our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner—walking is among the most radical things we can do.

Explorer, art collector, publisher, and author, Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. He has written six books on exploration, philosophy, and art collecting, and runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company based in Oslo, where he lives.

Carrie Marie Schneider is an artist interested in the capacity of people to reimagine their space. She researches and performs Survival Creativity in many concentric contexts, including Houston, Texas- a sculpture built by the artist neoliberal capitalism. She is currently inviting Houstonians to renegotiate our relationship to water post-Harvey and in the face of Climate Change using touch and play within hand-scale weather systems in a disco fishtank (more information at Washingwater.com).

As inaugural Fellow with Project Row Houses- UH Center for Art and Social Engagement she facilitated Artist/Activist Matchmaking and amended the adage that “the greatest creativity comes out of the most dire circumstances” to avow what forms of support allow silence, Her projects include Hear Our Houston- public generated audio walking tours, Care House- an installation in the house she grew up in prescencing Cancer, the roles of caregiving/caretaking, and the bodies of mother/home, Sunblossom Residency - middle schoolers chose seven multidisciplinary artists to teach them making skills, and Incommensurate Mapping at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston which excavated the past visions of its potential futures and invited visitors play with/in the institution. Schneider co-organized Charge, a Houston convening of local and national presenters to platform artist-led models, advocate for equitable compensation of artists, and consider artists’ work in the larger economy. She curates interdisciplinary conversations between artists and university faculty in a range of disciplines and holds a degree from an ongoing self-made MFA program.

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