Dirty Projectors, Savages Top Station To Station

Artist Doug Aitken organizes "A Traveling Music and Arts Happening" at stops across the US.
Dirty Projectors at Bonnaroo 2013
Dirty Projectors at Bonnaroo © Catie Laffoon/Red Bull
By Elliott Sharp

Station To Station is the newest “happening” project by multimedia artist Doug Aitken. The idea? Fill a train (designed by Aitken) with musicians, visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and various other creative people, and then embark on a touring arts festival that stops at 10 cities between New York and San Francisco for site-specific “happenings.”

The music acts confirmed so far are the Dirty Projectors, Savages, Ariel Pink, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Deacon, No Age, Nite Jewel, Twin Shadow, and the Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger.

In his statement about the project, Aitken says, “This is a fast moving cultural journey, a constant search over the new horizons of our changing culture. Grounded in some basic questions ― Who are we? Where are we going? And, at this moment, how can we express ourselves? ― our intention is to create a modern cultural manifesto. For a short time, the most interesting place in the country will be a moving target.”

Bold statement. But if the goal is "to create a modern cultural manifesto" that is "the most interesting place in the country," we hope some more diverse musicians are invited to participate. What, for instance, would a "modern cultural manifesto" be without rappers? At the moment, Station To Station's manifesto is dominated by the indie-rock crowd.

Station To Station begins in New York on September 6; over the next few weeks, it stops in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Winslow (Arizona), Barstow (California), Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Tickets go on sale later this summer, and proceeds will fund arts programs at several museums around the country. For more details, check out the Station To Station website.

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