press release

The Walking Newspaper is what Winkler calls a “self-made” publication in “living opposition to the outdated historical practice in public spaces of ‘plop’ art”-- the traditional genus of public art that entails sculptures being mindlessly installed in public environments to prettify them, without there necessarily being any compelling relationship between a work and its context.

Since the first Walking Newspaper was produced in San Francisco in 2005, Winkler has conducted this project in New York, Istanbul, Havana and Sierre, Switzerland. For the New York newspaper, which should go to print in about two weeks, Winkler collaborates with students from Pratt Institute Brooklyn and the Columbia University, who will generate the newspaper’s content. These artists include Tom Patterson, Aloyse Blair, Jeremiah Reeves, Andreas Sell, Jonah Susskind, Harry Crofton, Daniel Lichtman, Jose Luis Cortes, Catherine Czacki, Sems Kaygisiz, Sam Wohl, Yehudis Harris and Mads Lynderup.

Since the 1980s Winkler has worked from Berlin and New York, orchestrating site-specific interventions that force viewers to become participants in the artwork, as a means of coercing them into a heightened awareness of their surroundings. In 2004, for example, he paid two drivers to stage a road accident at the Polish/ German border to alert onlookers to the ongoing conflicted linguistic and political relationship between the two countries.

The Walking Newspaper
Interaction in public space, NYC
Kurator: Hans Winkler

Künstler: Tom Patterson, Aloyse Blair, Jeremiah Reeves, Andreas Sell, Jonah Susskind, Harry Crofton, Daniel Lichtman, Jose Luis Cortes, Catherine Czacki, Sems Kaygisiz, Sam Wohl, Yehudis Harris, Mads Lynderup