Bike Date (Ongoing)

I STARTED BIKE DATE IN 2012, IN BUFFALO NY. I CONTINUE BIKE DATE IN SOUTH AND NORTH AMERICAN CITIES.

Bike Date is an accompanied bike ride for two people at a time, the artist and the Bike Date participant. A practice-as-research art project, Bike Date documents the spatial and environmental perceptions of the embodied experience of Women, Trans, and Female identified (WTF) cyclists while on the roadway, and is conducted in North and South American Cities.

I consider Bike Date as the “Canary in the Coal Mine” to expose the risks of mobility in glocalized communities defined by economic and political structures.

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Bike Date participants generate an audio recorded narration of their cycling experience during the ride, using a wireless microphone attached to their helmet strap. At the conclusion of the ride, the participant is asked for a visual representation of their experience.  Bike Date components including photography, video audio and gps location data to describe the embodied experience of cycling while on the roadway. as roadway infrastructure.

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Bike Date audio recordings and data may be presented as an installation in cities where Bike Date has been conducted.

The Bike Date audio recorded narratives have been accessed through large format printed QR codes.

Bike Date audio recordings have been accessed via a laminated booklet, zip tied to bike locking sites. The laminated booklets include a qr code pointing to a Bike Date audio recording, the transcription of the corresponding audio recording, and contact information to arrange a Bike Date.

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The visual for a night time Bike Date in Bogota Colombia was captured with a go-pro. Click here to watch the video. 

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Bike Date edited audio can be broadcast via the partner project Rest Stop Bike Repair Shop.

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Bike Date has been presented at NoAutomatico, Monterrey Mexico; El Parche and El Sanitoria, Bogota Colombia; Landscape Across the Disciplines: A Symposium, Buffalo NY; Tempus Fugit, Buffalo NY; Performing Economies, Buffalo NY; and Open Engagement, Queens Museum, Queens NY.

To watch the video go to: Bike Date 

To participate email bikedateproject@gmail.com

Bike Date is supported in part by the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, the Pierre McAloon Award, and Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies

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