Hear Our Houston Walking Tour Happy Hour with Carrie Marie Schneider

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

In celebration of Erling Kagge's Walking, we have invited Houstonians to participate in a creative reimagining of place. We've worked with Houston artist Carrie Marie Schneider, the creator of the project Hear Our Houston, which is a hub of public generated audio walking tours around our city. Find our call for tours here.

Join us this evening for a happy hour celebrating Erling Kagge's new book, Carrie's project, and Houstonians who have walked the city. Carrie will give a brief presentation about her project, we will have a listening station available to hear the audio you've contributed, and we will also have refreshments available. At 7pm, we will hear Erling Kagge talk about his book, Walking: One Step at a Time (more details here).

From HearOurHouston.com:

All sorts of folks from all around town take a walk, record their thoughts, observations, stories, memories, and knowledge along the way. They then upload the tour to HearOurHouston.com where anyone can download it for free and retrace the tour maker’s steps, layering meaning into geography, and trying on another person’s perspective.

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.

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. He will be joining us at 7pm on May 1 for an event regarding his new book, WALKING: ONE STEP AT A TIME.

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 (see more 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.